Dutch week was officially launched by The Hon. Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, together with Dutch Ambassador Mira Woldberg on Saturday 24 April, and was timed to coincide with the Big Dutch Day Out, to celebrate the nation’s first ever Dutch Week. Saturday 24 April to Sunday 2 May.
Dutch week had an excellent start with Te Awahou-Foxton and De Molen being front and centre of the start to celebrations, and rightly so.
The aim of a week of activities, is to highlight and celebrate the culture, language, arts, food and heritage of the Dutch immigrant diaspora – now an integral part of the diverse fabric of Aotearoa New Zealand.
We, of course were delighted and honoured to have many distinguished guests join us for the day, including, The Hon. Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Dutch Ambassador Mira Woldberg, Dutch born MP Marja Lubeck, Mayor Bernie Wanden, Matua Robin Hapi, Mr Boyd Klapp, MP Tangi Utikere, MP Terisa Ngobi, Matua Toha Epiraima, Matua Justin Tamihana. Thank you for taking time to be with us.
We did discover that a certain Minister has a weakness for Dropjes....
Congratulations and thank you to all those, mostly volunteers, who contributed to making the Big Dutch Day Out and Dutch Week a success.