A place to unwind.
70 Years ago, in 1948, a few Dutch people gathered together to form, what we now know as, the New Zealand Netherlands Society (Wellington) Inc. or Dutch Club Wellington.
These early settlers were encouraged by both their old home country as well as their new home country to leave behind all cultural baggage and start afresh and become Kiwi’s / New Zealanders.
And they did. Many of them assimilated well in their new home land.
But whether it is family, language, memories of a home town, ethnic food and drinks or tradtions, there is always a longing deep within that uniquely identifies as what we are: in this case “’Nederlanders”.
Things like drop, jonge klare, limburgse vlaai and even Sinterklaas are very difficult to enjoy in those day via letters and these days via a mobile phone, i-pad or the internet. The Dutch club has the unique possibility and capability to keep alive the most important parts of the cultural heritage of “Dutchies” here in New Zealand.
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