About us

Dutch Communities NZ is the website of the Federation of New Zealand Netherlands Societies, the umbrella trust for Dutch clubs and community organisations in Aotearoa/New Zealand.


The Federation has the following objectives:

  1. To support Dutch clubs and community organisations to stay healthy and vibrant
  2. To circulate information relevant to Dutch communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  3. To facilitate connections between different Dutch organisations in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  4. To increase the visibility and recognition of Dutch communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  5. To foster relationships between Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Netherlands


The trust has an executive committee consisting of seven people:

President Dr Joost de Bruin joost.debruin@vuw.ac.nz
Vice-President Christiaan Buijsers christiaan.buijsers@hollandhouse.org.nz
Secretary Ellen Tavenier secretary.nznlfederation@yahoo.com
Treasurer Wies van den Berg vandenberg@xtra.co.nz
Officer Media and Communications Ron van Santen ronvsanten@gmail.com
Officer Grants and Fundraising Margaret May margaret@homebuildhomes.co.nz
Officer Dutch Week Arjan van der Boon arjanv@horowhenua.govt.nz