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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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NZ Trips and Upcoming Events

Andreea and Simona feel at home talking about Andreea's trip to the South Island and events around New Zealand.

Duration: 00:58:47 | Date: 22 July, 2024

Matariki and Similar Celebrations Around the World

A podcast with our hosts Andreea, Alina and Simona talking about New Year/beginnings and celebrations around the world, talking about Matariki, Chinese New Year, Diwali and other similar festivities.

Duration: 00:54:27 | Date: 15 July, 2024

NZ Experience

We talked about places to visit in New Zealand and Simona told us about her experience in the South Island.

Duration: 00:58:34 | Date: 8 July, 2024

Fiona from Scotland

We had a great time with Fiona from Scotland and she was sharing her story from midwifery to doing menopause workshops in Taranaki.

Duration: 00:59:01 | Date: 1 July, 2024

Clarisa from Argentina

Clarisa came to New Zealand 6 years ago and she enjoys the Kiwi life.

Duration: 0:59:43 | Date: 24 June, 2024

Heather from Canada

Heather was sharing her journey from Canada, Toronto to New Zealand. She arrived her 21 years ago with her husband and 2 boys.

Duration: 00:58:49 | Date: 17 June, 2024

Sterre from the Netherlands

Sterre shared her incredible journey from the Netherlands and Austria with her husband and 2 wonderful kids.

Duration: 00:58:07 | Date: 10 June, 2024

Activities and Events in Taranaki

Our hosts talk about the cultural events, markets and meetings around Taranaki, a helpful guide for newcomers to get familiar with the place and meet new people.

Duration: 00:58:00 | Date: 2 June, 2024

Gail and Nick from the UK

We talk about Gail and Nick's story from the UK to New Zealand. They have been in New Zealand for 10 years and they enjoy their time here following their passion and having their own business - Skin Say

Duration: 00:58:43 | Date: 27 May, 2024

Seasons Around the World

We had a relaxed discussion about different seasons around the world and how migration is impacting children.

Duration: 00:59:20 | Date: 20 May, 2024

Malcom from Goa

Vibrant discussions with Malcom from Goa - India, sharing his story about coming to New Zealand and meeting his partner Kadisha.

Duration: 00:59:52 | Date: 13 May, 2024

Romanian Easter Celebrations

Talking about Romanian Easter celebrations and trips around the world.

Duration: 00:59:13 | Date: 6 May, 2024

Yvonne & Cathy

Our guests are Yvonne (South Africa) and Cathy (Invercargill). These 2 ladies met while living at Jean Sandel Retirement Village. Tune in to hear how it's possible to make friends at any age!

Duration: 58:21 | Date: 22 April, 2024

With Luke from Scotland

Today we welcome Luke from Scotland, who brought great energy and passion to the show. We loved hearing about his journey to the fabulous life he has created right here in Taranaki

Duration: 59:31 | Date: 15 April, 2024

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