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Making Yourself At Home: Past Episodes 2020

Stories, insights, music and laughs from all over the world. Meet some of the beautiful people who make up Taranaki’s vibrant international community.

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Moving countries can be exciting, challenging and sometimes completely daunting.

In this 1 hour show you’ll meet some of the beautiful people who make up Taranaki’s vibrant international community.

Stories, insights, music and laughs from all over the world.


Your hosts are (L to R) Laura, Alina and Kadisha


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With Guest Wolfgang Junk

Today's guest is Wolfgang Junk, a German man, with a Kiwi wife, who has recently relocated back to Taranaki.

Duration: 00:56:01 | Date: 28 December, 2020

With Valeria from Ururguay

Duration: 1:00:19 | Date: 14 December, 2020

Christmas in NZ

Christmas traditions in NZ and home countries. Do you have special traditions from your home country?

Duration: 00:58:29 | Date: 7 December, 2020

Support Local

Laura and Alicia support small communities by buying from small, local shops, and show that support by taking the "buy 1 in 5" pledge.

Duration: 00:58:22 | Date: 30 November, 2020

Michelle Bent

Alicia and guest Michelle, talk about Australia and Romania, about boundaries and how to say "no", different cultures and how it is when you are new in a country.

Duration: 00:59:46 | Date: 23 November, 2020

With Sam De La Cruz

Our guest today is Sam De La Cruz from The Philippines. We talk about the similarities and differences between there and NZ, and how it was for her to adapt to a new way of living.

Duration: 01:00:58 | Date: 9 November, 2020

Reflection Exercises

Laura and Alina share two exercises that can help us to reflect on the past, celebrate, and plan/prepare for 2021

Duration: 00:58:27 | Date: 2 November, 2020

Adapting to a New Culture

Adapting to a new culture can be really difficult, especially when moving abroad, away from family and friends. Laura explores the phases that people go through while adjusting to a new country.

Duration: 00:51:38 | Date: 19 October, 2020

With Courtney Campbell

Today's guest, Courtney Campbell, talks about Maori culture and some of the things the New Plymouth has to offer.

Duration: 01:00:16 | Date: 12 October, 2020

Migrant Stories with Ingrid van Amsterdam

Guest Ingrid van Amsterdam, from The Netherlands, has written a book about migrants to NZ who live in New Plymouth

Duration: 01:01:41 | Date: 5 October, 2020

Learning New Languages with Tineka

Laura and Alina are joined by Tineka Twigley, from Lingua, and together they talk about new opportunities to learn languages in New Plymouth

Duration: 01:01:20 | Date: 28 September, 2020

With Joss Bines

Today's guest is Joss Bines, a local musician with a rich mix of cultures in her blood. Hear her story and the music she makes with her band, Laconic Zephyr.

Duration: 00:52:39 | Date: 21 September, 2020

With Guest Thanh Nguyen

Thanh Nguyen moved from the bright lights of Ho Chi Min City to New Zealand as a 15 year old. Today he shares his journey, from teenage immigrant to Kiwi husband, father, and successful architect.

Duration: 00:58:45 | Date: 14 September, 2020

With Nicola Swanson - Naturopath

Nicola is a local naturopath, and in this show she shares a wealth of information around keeping anxiety at bay, as well as looking after your physical and mental health. Definitely worth a listen!

Duration: 01:01:51 | Date: 7 September, 2020

Diana from Ecuador

Diana shares her international love story - how she met her husband and the delicious cooking banana

Duration: 01:00:43 | Date: 7 September, 2020

Kadisha Shares

In this episode, Kadisha shares her baby loss journey. We talk about ways to grieve, and how important it is to celebrate life

Duration: 00:59:31 | Date: 24 August, 2020

With Tamina From India

A fun conversation with Tamina about moving countries, kids, pets, cuisine and friends

Duration: 00:58:50 | Date: 17 August, 2020

With Elsa from Singapore

Elsa, from Singapore, talks about her talented family, her life in New Plymouth, and following your dreams.

Duration: 01:00:59 | Date: 10 August, 2020

With Alina

Duration: 00:59:33 | Date: 3 August, 2020

Laura's Story

Meet our hosts, Kadisha, Alina and Laura, in this first episode of Making Yourself at Home for 2020. Today Laura shares her story of migrating from Colombia to NZ and some of the challenges along the way.

Duration: 00:59:13 | Date: 27 July, 2020