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For many dutch children the Depression of the 1930’s, and WW II changed everything. Tina Koopmans could barely get any schooling and her family life was shattered.As a young woman she met Aad Vlaar, who ‘d had similar troubles. They decided to leave Holland together. New Zealand offered immigration assistance to rural workers, which they applied for. Eighteen months later they were boarding a plane with other young people on the same scheme.
They arrived in Chritchurch in a winter day in 1954. With a journey north to Wanganui, their lives as Dutch New Zealanders began.