We are Jan and Marian. Dutch from origine, both over 60 years old, living in New Zealand since 2007. We bought a house with land and workshop in the middle of our community, of nearly 3000m2. Our dream is to prepare this for visitors with mild dementia, based on Dutch models. To offer them a place where they feel valued and enjoy their time by using the living space or work in and around the garden. We need lots of help in the garden and workshop to make it happen soon. We try to use recycled materials when possible and need support.
We just added a lovely dog, meaning chooks and the dog where you can walk with along our beach.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
We are Dutch, and the ‘model’ we are hoping to finish is taken from Dutch models in social approach for people with Dementia. We are fully imbedded in the New Zealand culture. And you might be able to meet interesting people of all kinds. We are nurses as well as artists in: Pallet art, painting, jewellery. We are active members of Toastmasters. You could come along and enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. You can enhance your garden and DIY skills.
We are also grandparents ‘far away’ you might be open to see how we handle to have good contact with our family oversees
The base of all we are and do is our non traditional christian faith. As you read certainly no dull moment here.
Knowledge of gardening, or willing to learn, help with animals and DIY/ renovation.We are open for ideas but we also need listeners
This host offers a language exchange
Open to learn more about the guest’s language
We have your own mobile home available. We will supply your meals. You will enjoy our home cooked meals and mostly Dutch lunches
This might even be a cultural experience ;)
We are pretty regular with meal times and all coffee /tea breaks and we can enjoy them together
We often host people and might then like to have a bit of our privacy with meal times
Public transport to Wellington or upper North Island the station is nearby. Good bicycle paths, great hiking tracks, 2 km from lovely beach good for surfing nearby and Kapiti Island view. Lots of artists around.
Shopping mall at walking distance
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Although we have not a lot of spare time left and Jan working online himself. Wifi is available to continue your own online work
This host can provide space for campervans.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week