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Making Yourself At Home

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

Airing time: Mondays at 11am - live

Welcome to Making Yourself at Home! The radio show and podcast where you tell us your story about how you are making New Zealand and Taranaki your home. While we learn about and share your unique experiences and perspectives, we also like to discuss community projects, programs and initiatives that can help with the settling-in process. We are kindly sponsored by the Ethnic Communities Development Fund, a program created and supported by the Ministry for Ethnic Communities to open more spaces for migrants, grow their skills and celebrate their culture.


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Your hosts are Alina, Andreea, Simona


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Miia from Finland

Celebrating Miia's birthday, who is today's guest. She moved to New Zealand from Finland in 2008 and shared her journey with us.

Duration: 00:58:59 | Date: 8 April, 2024

Cultural Events Around Taranaki and Romania

Talking about the Easter cultural customs in Romania and New Zealand and the events that happened in the weekend in Taranaki.

Duration: 00:59:22 | Date: 25 March, 2024

Anne from England

Today's show featured Anne and her journey from England to New Zealand. Together we traced her roots as the daughter of an Anglo-Indian father and an English mother. So lovely to hear her beautiful story.

Duration: 58:28 | Date: 18 March, 2024

March Celebrations

Talking about the Multi-Ethnic Extravaganza held every year in New Plymouth, March celebrations, communication and relationships.

Duration: 00:56:32 | Date: 11 March, 2024

Juanita from Colombia

Today we talked with Juanita, originally from Columbia. Juanita arrived in New Zealand 4 years ago. She is working as a National Family Violence and Sexual Violence Prevention coordinator for Shama.

Duration: 00:59:10 | Date: 4 March, 2024

Tiphaine and Mathieu

A podcast with Tiphaine and Mathieu, two chefs from France, sharing their journey to New Zealand

Duration: 58:45 | Date: 27 February, 2024

Dominique from Switzerland

Dominique is our Swiss guest, we listened to her journey from Switzerland with the last migrant ship to New Zealand.

Duration: 0:57:21 | Date: 19 February, 2024

Month of Love

We discussed love traditions in different countries of the world and pushing your limits towards a healthier life.

Duration: 00:59:45 | Date: 12 February, 2024

Jessica from US

Jessica talked about her journey to New Zealand. She's been living here for 7 years with her partner Travis and she is a life and relationship coach.

Duration: 00:59:16 | Date: 29 January, 2024

Concerts 2024

A discussion about music events in 2024 with Andreea and Simona.

Duration: 00:58:40 | Date: 22 January, 2024

Returning From Holidays

Andreea and Simona travelled to Europe, including going back home to Romania, for the holidays

Duration: 00:59:32 | Date: 15 January, 2024

Happy New Year

Alina, Simona and Andreea are talking about resolutions and dreams for 2024.

Duration: 00:56:29 | Date: 1 January, 2024

Merry Christmas

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

Duration: 00:58:43 | Date: 25 December, 2023

Gratitude and Thank You

Gratitude and thank you to all our guests, listeners and team at Access Radio Taranaki that makes 'Making yourself at home' show a great opportunity for happiness and learning.

Duration: 00:58:17 | Date: 11 December, 2023

Guillaume from France

Guillaume came to NZ to learn English after my 2 years in Uni. He was learning to be a salesman in IT, specializing in training people. He wasn't speaking a word in English when he came, didn't know anyone or anything about this country and this culture.

Guillaume is 24 years old, he has been here for almost 4 years. He traveled all around the country for 1 1/2 years before he settled here in NP.
Guillaume is curious about everything, loves learning new things all the time, and like history, crafting and sports, loves food and passionate about craft beer.

Duration: 00:59:01 | Date: 4 December, 2023

Kelly from New Plymouth

Today's guest, Kelly, is a born and bred Taranaki girl who moved overseas and is now back in Taranaki. She talks with Andreea and Simona about what it's like to be a Kiwi abroad, and what it's like settling back home.

Duration: 00:57:31 | Date: 27 November, 2023

Ronelba from Venezuela

Ronelba Blanco from Venezuela is a dynamic woman who constantly reinvents herself. She takes great pride in being a mother to three remarkable individuals: her daughter Wanessa, who resides in Auckland, and her two sons, Raf, 17, and Diego, 15. Ronelba has happily married Rafael for 18 years, and their family has called New Plymouth home for 11 years.

Duration: 00:59:17 | Date: 13 November, 2023