Fraulein Bren­del mak­ing the most of kiwi cul­ture

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Kathrin Bren­del 19

Name: Age: Place of birth: Cur­rent oc­cu­pa­tion: What were you do­ing prior to com­ing to New Zealand?

Ger­many

Au Pair

I was a stu­dent and spent week­ends work­ing in an Ital­ian restau­rant.

What brought you to New Zealand?

I al­ways wanted to leave home af­ter grad­u­a­tion. I wanted to ex­tend my ex­pe­ri­ences, see new coun­tries, learn about new cul­tures and have a lit­tle ad­ven­ture on my own. For me it is an im­por­tant step to be­com­ing an adult.

What brought you to Mata­mata?

I did not choose Mata­mata; what I chose was my host fam­ily. When I got the fam­ily’s let­ter I knew that THIS is where want to spent my next half-year.

What’s your favourite thing about New Zealand?

I re­ally like the peo­ple here. Every­body is very open and friendly, so it soon felt like home which was great for me! What I also like is the na­ture of course – it is amaz­ing!

What’s your favourite thing about Mata­mata?

The com­mu­nity. I got to know a lot of peo­ple through the Play­cen­tre and my host-mother.

I’ve had the chance to meet new peo­ple, make new ex­pe­ri­ences and feel a part of the com­mu­nity.

What do you miss most about home?

My fam­ily, boyfriend and friends. I also miss Ger­man food, es­pe­cially Ger­man bread.

What do you plan to do once you re­turn home?

I want to be­come a pe­di­atric nurse. My life with the chil­dren here supports that path.

Who’s your favourite Kiwi celebrity?

I re­ally like Richie McCaw! Rugby is not that fa­mous in Ger­many and I was so im­pressed by the Haka and the good-look­ing rugby play­ers.

Tell me one in­ter­est­ing thing about your coun­try:

I’m from the south­ern part of Ger­many, which is gen­er­ally more stereo­typ­i­cally Ger­man. For ex­am­ple, we cel­e­brate Ok­to­ber­fest and typ­i­cal meals for our re­gion in­clude sauer­kraut and bratwurst and, of course, schnitzel which you have with good Ger­man beer.

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