We were due to leave Napier but out of the window of the car I spied a shop called “The Frying Dutchman” …
What an great name!
…clearly it’s a take-a-way / fish and chip shop, but we have to get going to our next destination so we aren’t stopping this morning.
We have a giggle because in back in Picton we saw a bakery called the Picton Village Bakery which if the decoration of the building was anything to go by, was also run by Dutch people.
Between the late 1940′s and mid 1960′s New Zealand saw a wave of immigration of Dutch people, many of them in trades.
My father was one of them… that’s how I get to have a multicultural family history.
Now that I am back in New Zealand not only as a citizen but also as a Dutch “visitor” it suddenly hits me what an influence the Dutch have had in New Zealand over the decades.
We didn’t get to stop at these businesses this time but who knows… another trip, another day… more time…