Telling the stories of how we arrived in Tauranga
From left: Carolynn Tepou, Bronz Cross, Kaye Hubner, Liam Banbury, Leiona Tupou, Jera Mae and Rolph Hediger who have all filmed their personal stories and painted hoe to represent their personal journey on one side and their vision for Tauranga on the other side.
Workshop participants were encouraged to design their own hoe or paddle, portraying their personal journey on one side, and their vision for Tauranga on the other.
Marijke de Jong
Marijke de Jong, born in the Netherlands, immigrated with her family to NZ when she was about seven months old.
“My parents had no idea about this country. We travelled a lot as children and I went home to Holland when I was a teenager. I came back to NZ in my 20s.”
Marijke’s mother is originally from Israel.
“My grandparents are holocaust survivors. My grandfather was in Auschwitz and my grandmother was hiding like Anne Frank in the Netherlands but in much worse conditions.”
“My great-grandparents came out from Ireland, leaving in 1865, approximately ten years after the Irish famine and arriving in New Zealand a year after the Battle of Gate Pa,” says Les.
His hoe features a celtic cross, a map outline of Ireland, a tear presenting the sadness of leaving Ireland, photographs, a silver fern with both a green and silver side, and the Southern Cross.