Welcome

Want to stay in touch with all things Australian and New Zealand? Want a fun and easy way to make friends in the Netherlands? Come and join us! We welcome anyone with any interest in or connection to Australia or New Zealand. In the following pages you can learn more about the ANZC and the social activities we organise for members and friends. If you would like to become a member, please go to the membership link, or if you need further information, please contact us via the 'contact' link and we will be in contact as soon as possible.

As per the 'Articles of Association' the aim of the Club is to organise and promote social and charitable activities and everything connected with those activities in the widest sense, for the benefit of Australian and New Zealand people living in the Netherlands.

About Us

The club provides a way for members to feel connected to Australia and New Zealand, as well as to one another, either in a virtual sense or through face-to-face contact where possible. We send members regular communications via our e-newsletter and our colourful quarterly magazine, and we invite people to follow us on Facebook. Communications endeavour to inform and entertain, and we welcome ideas and submissions (big or small) from our members, particularly on our Facebook page!

The club is run and maintained entirely by volunteers. In addition to our club committee, we also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of members who help the club on a less formal basis, and we welcome all enquiries from anyone interested in providing help to the club in any capacity. See our 'Contact Us' page for ways to get in contact.

Functions

Where possible we also create opportunities for members to meet face-to-face with activities such as dinners, pub nights, sporting events and tours of Dutch buildings and monuments. We are a very welcoming club and each event will typically include members meeting for the first time, so don't feel shy! We are here to help and support one another (and to have a bit of fun!). All events organised by the ANZC will always have a member of our club committee present to welcome any members who may be meeting other members for the first time.

Paying for Functions

To pay for an event, please make payment into the Club's ABN AMRO bank account NL07 ABNA 0483 0008 76 and clearly state names of those attending and the event name. Cancellations after the due date are non-refundable.

Schedule

(Click on function for detail)

Previous Walks

September 2016

October 2016





November 2016




December 2016


Past walks here

As we complete each walk, we will aim to put the details here

Utrecht City Walk

Brilliant walk. Utrecht has a lot to see. Here is a link to the map. Allow at least 4 hours to see it comfortably.

Biesbosch Walk

It’s a very nice walk, which starts and finishes at the Biesbosch museum, see map. Allow at 2.5 hours.

29th September Honarary Member's High Tea

photo This event honours a group of very special ladies who have worked tirelessly over the years to set up, nurture and develop the Australian and New Zealand Club. Some were involved when the club began in 1968, others came along at a later date and gave their support and expertise. We are very grateful for the commitment and dedication they have shown and so each year we celebrate them at a special function.

Date: 29th September, Time: 2-4pm
Venue: The Pearl Restaurant, Zeestraat 35, 2518 AA Den Haag, 070 710 7025
Cost: Members €22.50, non-Members €27.50
RSVP: functions@anzc.org by Friday 23rd September 2016
Payment: Please pay into the club account NL07ABNA0483000876

All members and non-members are very welcome to attend. We hope you will be able to come along and take this opportunity to get to know our Honorary Members a little better.

13th November 2016 Remembrance Day

photoThe 11th November Remembrance day is held in The Hague on either the Sunday before or after the 11th. Once we have these details, we will share with you.

10th September Craft Club

We will be taking our first steps into quilting by making a blanket for sick children in the Netherlands (http://www.droomdekentjes.nl/).

1st October Craft Club

We will be making scarves for women with breast cancer. It is also possible for you to donate a head-cover. For more information, please see https://hopescarves.org/about-us/how-it-works/. If you want to donate a head-cover, please contact craft@anzc.org

The Craft Club is held at the home of one our members in Wassenaar, Karin has many years of experience in crafts, and has four sewing machines available to use! The aim is to do a ‘make’ and ‘take’ activity, where you will start and finish a craft in one session.

The Club is free to join, but you need to be:

• a member of the ANZC
• willing to bring biscuits or a cake when it’s your turn
• able to pay for and bring your own materials to the group (if required)
• able to get yourself to and from Wassenaar.

All skill levels are welcome from complete beginners to experts! If you are interested, please send an email to craft@anzc.org. You will be contacted with the exact details and planned start date.

12th November Craft Club

Today we will be finishing the Christmas tree ornaments for the donation to the nursing home in Scheveningen.

The Craft Club is held at the home of one our members in Wassenaar, Karin has many years of experience in crafts, and has four sewing machines available to use! The aim is to do a ‘make’ and ‘take’ activity, where you will start and finish a craft in one session.

The Club is free to join, but you need to be:

• a member of the ANZC
• willing to bring biscuits or a cake when it’s your turn
• able to pay for and bring your own materials to the group (if required)
• able to get yourself to and from Wassenaar.

All skill levels are welcome from complete beginners to experts! If you are interested, please send an email to craft@anzc.org. You will be contacted with the exact details and planned start date.

10th December Craft Club

Today we will be doing another introduction to quilting and will be making a picnic blanket.

The Craft Club is held at the home of one our members in Wassenaar, Karin has many years of experience in crafts, and has four sewing machines available to use! The aim is to do a ‘make’ and ‘take’ activity, where you will start and finish a craft in one session.

The Club is free to join, but you need to be:

• a member of the ANZC
• willing to bring biscuits or a cake when it’s your turn
• able to pay for and bring your own materials to the group (if required)
• able to get yourself to and from Wassenaar.

All skill levels are welcome from complete beginners to experts! If you are interested, please send an email to craft@anzc.org. You will be contacted with the exact details and planned start date.

24th September Groningen Lunch and Walk

photoToday we will be going to Groningen to meet with Phil for a highlights walk and lunch.

18th September Walking Club

photoShowYou Amsterdam - From Central Station to the Rijksmuseum
See some of the highlights of this amazing city during this easy 3 hour walk (10km).
This walk in Amsterdam takes you from the Central Station to the Rijksmuseum. You will notice that the two buildings look very similar. That is no coincidence because they are created by the same architect.
Start: Stationsplein 45F, 1012 Amsterdam, Netherlands, 10am. Darren will be holding an Australian Flag
End: Museumplein 5, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands. We will stop for a drink at the end.
Here is a link to the walk detail.

23rd October Walking Club

photoToday we go into the woods of Lage Vuursche (near Baarn), and visit the small historic village. The castle Drakensteyn, the residence of Princess Beatrix, is situated just east of the village. The walk will be around 8kms. Here is a link to the walk detail. We will meet at the Tea house at 10am (Hoge Vuurseweg 11, 3749 AB Lage Vuursche, Netherlands). There is a large carpark here. The walk will also finish here. At the halfway mark, we will stop in the township of Lage Vuursche for tea, coffee and something to eat. Aim to be back at the carpark at Hoge Vuurseweg by 2pm latest.

20th November Walking Club - cancelled

photoToday it’s a fun walk through the historic city of Delft. The walk will be around 8-10kms. Details to follow.

15th October Rijksmuseum

photoMorning Tea followed by a tour of the Rijksmuseum

The ANZC have booked a one-hour general highlights tour of the Rijksmuseum. In one hour you will criss-cross the museum and see a beautiful selection of what the museum has to offer. The tour will of course include the Night Watch and Vermeer, but you will also have the opportunity to view lesser known works from artists such as 19th century Dutch impressionist Breitner, medieval sculptures, clothing and weapons. The tour is full of surprises and passes well known highlights as well as unexpected treasures at the Rijksmuseum, from the Middle Ages to Mondrian. After the tour you are free to stay and explore.

Prior to the Rijksmuseum we will be meeting at the New Zealand owned Bakers & Roasters for a coffee and cake or if you prefer an early brunch.

Date: 15th October
Morning Tea: Baker’s & Roasters 10:00am http://www.bakersandroasters.com/ (we will leave here at 12 noon and head to the museum, which is only a 5-minute walk). If you cannot make the morning tea, just meet us at the museum at 12:15pm
Tour Time: 12:30 sharp
Costs:
Morning Tea: Your cost on the day
Museum Entry: €17.50 (payable by you at the door), or if you have a museumkaart it’s free entry (https://www.museumkaart.nl).
Museum Tour: Member’s Free, Non-Member’s €5.00
RSVP: to functions@anzc.org by the 23rd September. Let us know if you will be attending both the morning tea and the tour. There is a 15-person limit, so be quick to rsvp.
Payments to NL07ABNA0483000876

2nd October Expat Fair

photo‘I am not a tourist’

The expat fair ‘I am not a tourist’ will be running again this year at the Berlage in Amsterdam. The ANZC will be there and on the look for new members. If you know of anyone who is going, tell them to keep a look out for the ANZC. We’ll be the ones standing behind the Australian and New Zealand Flags.

Date: Sunday, 2 October 2016
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
Address: Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ, Amsterdam
Registration: Free tickets online – tickets at the door € 12.50
Web: http://expatfair.nl/

30th October Melbourne Cup Event

photoPlease join the ANZC for an afternoon at the races for the annual Melbourne Cup Race Day. For those of you who missed out last year, here is your chance to check out the racecourse at Duindigt and watch some real horse racing!

• Have a Flutter on the Duindigt Races!
• Compete in the 'Fashion on the Field' competition.
• Try your luck in our Melbourne Cup Sweep

Where: Racetrack Duindigt
When: 12 noon, Sunday 30th October 2016
Price: Members €22.50, Non-members €27.50, Kids 6-12, €12.50, under 6 Free
Includes: Entry into the Park, Coffee/Tea and Apple Pie on arrival, Guided Tour of the museum, Table in the Panorama Room, Lunch at 2pm (kids also an ice-cream), Appetizers at 4pm, Prizes and Sweeps, Drinks at the bar (at your cost)
Dress: Your best Cup outfit. Don't forget the hat!!
RSVP: By the 14th October 2016 by paying into the club account NL07 ABNA 0483 0008 76

25th November ANZC Christmas Party

photoArguably the best event of the year!!

Please join us this year for our Annual Christmas Drinks to be held at the residence of the Australian Ambassador. This event cannot be missed. Take the opportunity to dress up, meet some fellow Australians and New Zealanders, along with the Ambassador’s and enjoy the atmosphere of the Australian residence, while listening to live music and enjoying the Christmas spirit.

Date: Friday, 25th November 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Place: Residence of the Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Tobias Asserlaan 6, Den Haag
Cost: €30 Members, €40 Non-Members
Dress: Lounge suit
RSVP: 18th November, by paying into the Club’s bank account, NL07 ABNA 0483 0008 76. Please state the names of the attendees.

Hors d’oeuvre, drinks and live music provided

4th December Kids Chrsitmas Party

Details to follow

Crafts

photoThe ANZC has a Crafts Club that currently runs one Sunday in the month, see schedule for details. The aim of the Craft club is for everyone to learn a new craft and where possible be charitable (this will be up to the group to decide how this may work) if the situation arises.

Each craft session runs for about 4 hours. The aim of each session is to be able to make something and take it home during the 4 hours (or at worst, be able to take it home and finish).

The Craft Club is held at a member’s home in Wassanaar, who has had many years of experience in crafts! There is also the chance of field days to see more about Dutch crafts. To join the Craft Club you need to be a member of the ANZC, be willing to bring a biscuit or cake when it’s your turn, and able to pay for and bring your own materials to the group (if needed [currently most of the materials are freely available]), and be able to get yourself to and from Wassanaar. If you have interest, please send an email to craft@anzc.org listing the types of things you are interested in doing.

Walking

photoThe Walking Club is a new initiative for the ANZC. The aim is to walk one Sunday in the month. The walk will be from train station to train station where possible and will start at 10am with the aim to finish at around 1pm.

The walks will be around 8-12km, therefore walking up to 5km per hour. The walk is open to both members and non-members and will cost nothing to join and there is no RSVP needed. You will just need to meet at the meeting point given for that walk. The walk will start promptly at 10am. Check the schedule for the next dates.

Make sure you wear something warm (the Netherlands weather can be very unpredictable), and good shoes. If you are coming and running late on the morning, give Darren a call on 0646 321 479. If you would like more information about the walk, contact president@anzc.org.

If the walk will not be on due to bad weather, there will be a notice on the functions schedule page – Please check regardless.

Membership

Membership to the ANZC of the Netherlands is open to anyone with a connection to or affection for Australia or New Zealand. You do not need to be an Australian or New Zealand citizen to join.

Benefits
All members receive receive a quarterly magazine, a discount card that gives discounts at participating stores and discounts at various functions throughout the year.

How to join
Joining is easy. Please send your payment to our bank NL07 ABNA 0483 0008 76, listing your name in the comments section, and then fill in the form by clicking Once your payment and form are received, you will receive your membership/discount card by mail.

Current Term
The new membership term is from the 1st April 2016 to the 31st March 2017.

Current Fees
• New Individual Members - €50.00
• New Family - €65.00
• Renewal Individual Member - €45.00
• Renewal Family Member - €60.00

Membership Form

  • Which Membership? Family    Individual


History

In the 1960’s a small group of Australian women living in The Netherlands with Dutch partners or with Dutch parents re-emigrating back to The Netherlands from Australia, had managed to find one another and began meeting up on a regular basis in order to socialise and provide support for one another so far from home.

In 1968, with support from the Australian embassy, the little group officially formed the Australian Women's Club and as its existence became more widely known, membership grew. In following years, the group met up with and befriended women from New Zealand who had also found themselves living in the Netherlands and in search of support and a connection to home. The inherent close bond between Australians and New Zealanders was a natural catalyst for the club's first evolution, and in 1982 the club became officially known as the Australian and New Zealand Women's Club.

Since its formation, the club has continued to adapt to changing times, and made a conscious effort to cater not only to Australians and New Zealanders who were making the Netherlands their permanent home, but also those who made it their temporary home, especially given the rapidly growing mobility of the global workforce and their families. The club opened its doors to male members and to people of any nationality who wanted to stay connected to Australia and New Zealand. In recognition of its broader and more diverse membership, in 2014 the club underwent another name change to become the Australian and New Zealand Club the Netherlands.

Charity

The ANZC aim to ‘promote social and charitable activities’ where possible. In March 2016 the Craft group made some bears (main photo), that were sent to America to give to sick children. In March 2016 the ANZC also participated in the ‘Nederland Schoon’, which is an annual initiative with the aim to ‘Clean up the Netherlands’, similar to the ‘Clean up Australia campaign. If you have any ideas that you think the ANZC may be interested, please contact president@anzc.org.

Patrons

• H.E. Dr. Brett Mason, Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands
• H.E. Janet Lowe, New Zealand Ambassador to the Netherlands

Honorary Members

• Greta Josso
• Phyl Kerkhoven
• Alison Loeff
• Baroness Diana Mackay
• Joan van Vuure
• Jean Wassing

Committee Members

• Darren Moroney
president@anzc.org
• Greg Barwell
treasurer@anzc.org
• Rebecca Larsen
editor@anzc.org
• Sue Corbould
membership@anzc.org
• Caroline Deen
communications@anzc.org
• Dianne Biederberg
advertising@anzc.org
• Catherine von Felten
functions@anzc.org

Links A-Z

Name Phone Number
Australian Embassy +31(0)703108200
New Zealand Embassy+31(0)703469324
Dutch Railway (ns.nl)088 671 2000

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