Dutch Connection Centre
Where all things Dutch come together
Oranjehof Dutch Connection Centre will occupy a large part of the Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom building. In our national centre we will tell the many stories of Dutch migration to New Zealand. Oranjehof will be the focal point for people with Dutch connections and for cultural exchanges with the Netherlands.
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the unique identity of a community that’s often referred to as ‘the invisible immigrants.’
Abel Tasman – Eerste ontmoeting
The first Europeans to visit Aotearoa were Abel Tasman and his men, and the country gained the name Nieuw Zeeland. A 1642 drawing of the meeting between Māori and the Dutch has been reproduced as an image measuring 3 by 5 meters of Delftware tiles, designed by ceramicist Anneke Borren. This centre piece will present the perspective of both groups.
Dutch migration – Ver van huis
Many followed in Tasman’s wake. Several waves of Dutch migrants are featured in the exhibitions: from free thinkers and adventurers in the 19th century, to labourers who escaped a war ravaged nation in the 1950s, to skilled workers in the 1980s, and the transnationals and tourists of today.
Every generation made the effort to maintain a sense of Dutch culture. A typical Huiskamer en Keuken, or a lounge and kitchen section, will let visitors engage with things typically Dutch so they can discover how the immigrants created a home away from home.
Our contribution – Onze bijdrage
Dutch migrants have made many contributions to New Zealand life that most people are not aware of. Today, some 130,000 people of Dutch descent contribute to the arts, government, science, business, farming, food and cuisine, the environment, sports and much more.
The museum will tell the stories of how New Zealanders did not eat deli meats until Verkerks and Brooks introduced salami and other small goods. Chicken was hardly on the menu until Dutch migrants started rearing chickens on small farms. After Suzy van der Kwast’s coffee lounge opened in Wellington, the shift from instant to real coffee gained huge momentum. Ans Westra’s photos in Washday at the Pa changed representations of Māori. Boukje van Zon inspired an entire generation of modern dancers, while her daughter Carla now runs the Auckland Arts Festival.
Working together – Samen staan we sterk
Relationships between New Zealand and the Netherlands are strong. Our governments work together in many areas, many New Zealanders go to the Netherlands for internships, work and holidays and vice versa. There is much we can learn from each other about a range of issues: sports, arts, education and the environment, just to name a few.
Oranjehof will explore these links and keep visitors up to date about NZ-NL collaborations.
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Give a little – Alle beetjes helpen
The Dutch Connection Museum Trust seeks your support to ensure the establishment and ongoing success of Oranjehof. We need your help to finance the Oranjehof exhibitions, and an endowment fund to ensure continued operations for future generations. You can add your ‘touch of Dutch’ by giving us your support.
How can you help?
If you wish to personalise your support for Oranjehof, please contact: email@example.com
Phone: Agnes Maat 022 101 3342 or Yolande van de Wetering 027 276 9464.
We would be happy to provide you with more detailed information.
The Dutch Connection is a charitable trust: #11088. You can claim a tax credit for your donation.