Domestic International Families

Gulf Harbour School is a multicultural environment made up of many families, some who have joined us from all over the world. Our Domestic International Families bring great value to our school and make up an integral part of our community. We strive to celebrate all cultures at GHS. To support Domestic International Families we have a designated International Cultural Lead Teacher, Parent ambassadors, termly newsletters and events. Please check this page for updated information or contact Rebecca Wong    

Meet our GHS Domestic International Parent Ambassadors. They have all kindly volunteered to help the school by helping all of you. If you would like me to put you in contact with any of our ambassadors please email

Karla Gandara


Hi! We are the Gandara Family from Mexico and speak both Spanish and English. We have been living in New Zealand a little less than a year and absolutely love it here!


¡Hola! Somos la familia Gandara. Venimos de México y somos una familia bilingüe, Español e Inglés. Tenemos viviendo en Nueva Zelanda poco menos de un año, lo suficiente para saber que amamos este lugar.


Xuan Yu


We come from China originally. We came to NZ in 2002 and we have been living here for 13 years altogether. We can speak English and Mandarin. Gulf Harbour is an amazing place to live . We love to take our dog for a walk along many lovely beaches. The kids love swimming and playing paddle-board in the sea.

我们是2002年第一次来到美丽的新西兰,到目前为止已经在这里居住超过13年。这里已经是我们的第二故乡。我们会讲普通话和英语。Gulf Harbour 是一个风景美丽,非常宜居的社区。我们经常在这个半岛的很多海滩遛狗,孩子们喜欢在海里游泳,玩皮划艇。







Alia Kapoor


My name is Alia Kapoor. I was born in Bangalore, India. I spent my childhood and most of my young adult life there after which I lived in London for a while. I moved to New Zealand to join my husband. We have lived here for over 15 years now and absolutely love it. We have 2 boys aged 9 and 5. We like the outdoors and hence enjoy travelling, camping, going to the beach, swimming and playing golf and tennis. I can speak Hindi which is the national language of India. But I must confess I’m not the most fluent having lived overseas a lot.


मेरा नाम आलिया है मे भारत से हु मेरे पति यहाँ मेरे साथ रहते हैं मेरे 2 बच्चे हैं मेरी हिंदी अच्छी नहीं है मेरा परिवार भारत में है


Meryke Groenewald

We are the Groenewald’s from South-Africa.  We took our leap of faith in September 2019, when we decided to immigrate to New Zealand.  What an amazing journey, with all its highs and lows.  We can speak English and Afrikaans and we are looking forward to meeting any new families and sharing their personal journey.



Ons is die Groenewald’s, en ons is van Suid-Afrika.  Ons het ons groot besluit in September 2019 geneem om na New Zealand toe te immigreer. Wat ‘n ongelooflike ervaring met sy eie hoogte- en laagtepunte.  Ons is Engels en Afrikaans magtig en sien baie uit daarna om saam nuwe gesinne in hulle persoonlike reis te deel.



Would you like to become a Domestic International Parent Ambassador for GHS? We would love to add to our group and we would especially like to offer a South African Ambassador for the school. Please email if you are interested or would like to find out more.

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