Sunday, 18 January 2009

Kiwi on clogs

courtesy of google Kiwi on clogs
Tonight there was a documantary about the Dutch living in New Zealand. After the war about 30.000 Dutchies came to NZ to find a new live. Today there are about a 100.000 people with Dutch blood in NZ.
The Dutch have left quite a mark on NZ. They brought coffee, started bungee jumping and there are quite some tulip fields here now. You can read more about it here
The Dutch have a reputation of being hardworking, thrift and blunt.
The English are too polite to be honest but The Dutch are too honest to be polite
The Dutch don't like to spent money. They say here "they have short arms and deep pockets"
The dutch are also funloving and have their own sense of humor.
Am I still Dutch? Yes I recognise myself in every single bit, although I am partly kiwi now

29 comments:

  1. Wat een rake typeringen van Hollanders :-)
    Sommige stellingen zal ik zeker onthouden. Dankjewel Maja. :-)

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  2. Hoi Hoi
    So nice to have you back, Kiwi or no Kiwi...Wat leuk dat je in de zomer naar Nederland komt..in de buurt van Apeldoorn misschien:)
    Fijne Zondag..

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  3. Hi...I'm back on ur blog after a long time! I lo0ved the chiasmas...But what about new poems...Anyway do comment on my new poem..U'd promised in ur email that u will do so. This one's an experiment on surrealism.It's on www.deepteshpoetry.blogspot.com.

    Cheers,
    Deeptesh

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  4. Kia ora Marja

    In Barbados we have a bread called clog. It is made from whole wheat. Sir Gary Sobers is featured in its commercial. So I was drawn to the title you posted, "Kiwi on clogs". Then I said to myself, now clog is also a Dutch shoe. The blog was most informative. Cultural fusion brings many benefits to a nation and all parties to this immersion process reap great rewards. The benefits derived are far greater than any missteps.

    Aroha
    Paterika

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  5. Hi Marja, that is a great and interesting post!I wish I could do the step too and I could believe Germany.You know I love The Dutch!It´s very interesting to read that you have some fields of tulips in NZ!
    My Anne is at the moment in South Africa and she live together with 4 dutch teacher students in a guest house...I think that could be funny!
    Have a nice day!

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  6. I feel like such a dope..., A kiwi is a bird? I thought it was only a fruit, lol!
    I loved Holland all the times I've been there. I loved the fields and rows of tulips and daffodils the same as our vegetables are planted and cared for. The Dutch have a very high spirit for natural living.
    Thanks for the visit and a very happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year to you, Marja!

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  7. It's good to make yourself part of your new country but it's also important to hold onto part of your heritage too. Sounds like you have the perfect balance Marja.

    Btw I meant to say last time I was here that I LOVE your new photo in your side bar. You look beautiful.

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  8. I have family in NZ Marja but I haven't a clue where. I quite believe the Dutch found heaven on earth in NZ and yes I'm still very much one. Too honest to be polite can bring me into trouble any time.

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  9. marja...I had no idea about the immigration of Dutch people to NZ. Canada has strong ties too, in particular the area I grew up in. The farming land around the cities is called the Holland Marsh because the Dutch settled there and farmed the land.

    Plus, there is a WWII connection between Canada and Holland....liberation, but also providing a safe place for the royal family. Holland presented this country with tulips and our captial, Ottawa has an annual tulip festival every spring with the bulbs that are provided by the Dutch Royalty. :)

    MY hometown (Burlington, Ontario) was also a destination popular to the Dutch immigrants....in fact the consulate is there as well as many specialty shops catering to the community.

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  10. Interesting post and information about the Dutch, Marja. Have I told you before, you look fabulous with new photo. Very young :D

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  11. Interesting post and information about the Dutch, Marja. Have I told you before, you look fabulous with new photo. Very young :D

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  12. Herman als je in nederland woont kun je het inderdaad moeilijk begrijpen Maar als je ons vergelijkt met de engelsen dan is er inderdaad een groot verschil.

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  13. Hi Dutches Ja ik ga in April Ik weet nog niet of ik in de buurt kom maar dan hoor je het wel. Ik zie er erg naar uit

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  14. Deeptesh. I only write poems when I have time because that takes up some time and the kids stil have holiday Will check out yours

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  15. I agree Paterika everybody brings something new. New habits and things. It is nice to learn from each other

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  16. Hi Steffi I hope she is doing well. South Africa will be interesting. I think they can get along well.

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  17. Hi Wynn nice to see you. Kiwi is a bird, a fruit and the people of NZ are called kiwies as well.
    Yes there are a lot of Dutch people in conservation. They really enjoy nature here

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  18. Thanks Gypsy Yes it is good to take a bit of everything. To adjust but also to be yourself

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  19. Hi Monique Yeh I know what you mean, when you speak your mind the people here find you confrontational. I do it anyway

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  20. True Dana. My mum had Canadees soldiers in her house during the war. After the war the Dutch government paid the travel costs for Dutch people to got to Canada, NZ, South Africa and America

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  21. Thanks M.Kate It is just on the picture though

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  22. Hi, When we lived in NZ, we had some great neighbours & friends who were of Dutch origin. They are very industrious & kind people.

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  23. I didn't know Dutch are blunt..or supposed to be blunt..from what we know of you here..you are far from being it :)

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  24. Very interesting and fun to read. Congrats on your proud heritage.

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  25. This is so interesting!
    I like both Dutch people and New Zealanders - even though I'm English!

    We heard of a possible recruit for the Moroccan police being rejected on the grounds of a physical disability...
    His arms were too short to reach into his pockets!

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  26. ///The English are too polite to be honest but The Dutch are too honest to be polite///



    loved this line :)

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  27. I love the phrase, "short arms and deep pockets" never heard that one before. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. I found your blog through M.Kate. What a wonderful blog, and what an enchanting place you live in. I think when you live in other countries, you lose a bit of your heritage, but gain lovely traditions from new places. Nice to meet you. Stop by and leave a comment I am having a giveaway. Today is a global giveaway called One World One Heart.
    Karen

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  29. Hey Marja, can't believe it's been more than a year since I've checked out your blog... not to mention my own... (!)
    But this time, I think I'm really back and staying (for a while at least, I hope).
    I couldn't help it that I just had to leave a comment here though... being a Dutchie too ;-)

    So... hoop dat alles goed met je is, latersssssss

    Jo

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