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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: Wednesdays, midday, live



Kia Ora, Hola, Bună!

 

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.

 

Hi, I'm Alina and have been living in New Zealand for almost 4 years. I love connecting with people and listening to their stories. I m originally from Romania, my husband is German and we travelled around to the US and Europe and now loving the kiwi life.

 

Hola! I'm Laura, from Colombia. Living in NZ for the last 10 years. Loving Taranaki people, the green outdoors and everything else about it. I'm a salsa dancer, business owner, wife to a Chilean and mum of a beautiful girl. 

 

Hello, I'm Michelle, a fifth-generation Kiwi on one side, and first-generation on the other! I hail from European and South African descent. I’ve had my own time away reporting in Auckland, now hubby and I have since returned to our hometown to raise our three young pēpi. 

 

Welcome to the show!

Your hosts are Michelle, Alina and Laura

 

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Podcasts

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Walaa from Egypt

Walaa and her family came to Auckland, NZ from Egypt in 2018, then moved to Taranaki 6 months ago to teach at WITT. Listen to her story.

Duration: 01:02:47 | Date: 28 September, 2022

Malcolm From India

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

Duration: 01:00:51 | Date: 21 September, 2022

Amelie from Belgium

Amelie arrived for the 1st time in New Zealand 5 years ago. She fell in love with the land and came back to stay. Listen to her story and some of her favourite things.

Duration: 1:06:12 | Date: 14 September, 2022

Suman from India

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

Duration: 00:59:55 | Date: 31 August, 2022

Ahlam from Palestine

Ahlam from Palestine first came to NZ when she was 17 years old. Her name in Arabic means Dreams, that's how she opened her Beauty salon "Beauty Dreams" in Marillands. Ahlam is sharing her story of traveling around the world and her beautiful family, being a mum of 8 children.

Duration: 00:51:42 | Date: 24 August, 2022

Chantelle from Zambia

Today we have a special guest from Zambia. She's such a vibrant woman with many stories to tell from her travels.

Duration: 00:58:52 | Date: 10 August, 2022

Paulina Mussen from Russia

Listen to Paulina's story and how she moved to New Zealand when she was really young, back in 2006.

Duration: 1:03:14 | Date: 27 July, 2022

3rd Birthday Celebration

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

Duration: 00:59:50 | Date: 13 July, 2022

Georgiana from Romania

Georgiana talks about her journey from Romania to NZ and, ultimately, New Plymouth

Duration: 01:00:15 | Date: 6 July, 2022

Kareen Durbin

This week we have Kareen Durbin with us. She’s a New Plymouth gal, who recently returned from Auckland. She has travelled the world working with refugees and now she runs a fashion business employing migrants and refugees for the manufacturing of hats and bags. She’s also just started working at an op shop and is passionate about sustainable fashion and it's impact in our environment.

Duration: 00:57:02 | Date: 29 June, 2022

Debbie Gut

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

Duration: 00:54:38 | Date: 8 June, 2022

Almu from Spain

Alum is originally from Spain and has lived in Edinburgh for the last 10 years. She has been in New Zealand for a short time and loves it. Listen to her stories and how she moved with her family to New Plymouth.

Duration: 1:01:51 | Date: 18 May, 2022

Challenges with Motherhood

Let's talk about motherhood and how difficult it can be to roll into it.

Duration: 1:01:55 | Date: 11 May, 2022