Abel@375: the Dutch of New Zealand
- Date: Wednesday, 6 December, 2017
5.30pm to 7.30pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
- Contact Details:
Space is limited, so book your spot by emailing Rachel.Helu@dia.govt.nz by 27 November
Join the Embassy of the Netherlands for this special event
Mark the 375th anniversary of Abel Tasman’s voyage to New Zealand at the National Library of New Zealand this month.
Hosted by the Embassy of the Netherlands, expert panelists, including historian Professor Lydia Wevers and other distinguished Dutch New Zealanders will explore the ways in which Dutch immigrants have contributed to New Zealand society.
John Sullivan, Head of Curatorial Services at the Alexander Turnbull Library, will speak about digital access to research resources about the Dutch in New Zealand.
The Ambassador of the Netherlands to New Zealand, His Excellency Rob Zaagman, will MC the event. Light refreshments will be provided.
About the speakers
Dr Joost de Bruin is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He teaches and researches in the areas of media audience studies, global media and popular culture, and media, identity, culture and place. He is involved in a range of Dutch community initiatives in Aotearoa/New Zealand, most notably the Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom museum project in Te Awahou/Foxton.
Marcel Roos arrived in New Zealand just over 10 years ago and has been responsible for putting internships on the map in New Zealand (previously an unknown industry). Furthermore, he has started multiple networking organisations to better teach Kiwis how to network. He now is the President of the Dutch Business Association and Vice-President of the European Business Council, allowing him to meet world leaders and is currently assisting with the Europe-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.
Lydia Wevers emigrated to New Zealand from Hengelo in 1953. She is an academic and has recently retired from the Stout research centre for New Zealand studies at Victoria university. Professor Wevers is a specialist in literature and history. In 2012 she chaired the Tasman 370 symposium.
John Sullivan is the leader of the Curatorial Services Team at the Alexander Turnbull Library. He is an anthropologist and librarian by training. He oversees the acquisition of new collections for the Alexander Turnbull Library, and has an extensive knowledge of the Library’s collections.