They are 11,537 miles from their home.
But tomorrow. Paul and Janet Castlehouse will still be celebrating Yorkshire Day - to the delight of their New Zealand friends, even if they don’t appreciate the finer points of mushy peas
The couple and their son James, 19, insist on marking God’s Own County on Yorkshire Day with a special event and it is one that always goes down well on the other side of the world.
Paul, who grew up in Dewsbury but has many family members in Huddersfield, went out to New Zealand in 1998 to work as a nurse.
He said: “This year we are having a pie and pea night and have got 40 people booked to come along.
“We will cook up a couple of huge pots of mushy peas, I make a special trip into Wellington to the English shop which sells packets of Batchelors mushy peas.
We can’t get a decent pork pie here so will make do with local pies.
“We ask everyone to wear something white. I will be wearing my Le Grand Depart Yorkshire shirt. I also put a Yorkshire flag up in my office window so passers by and visitors can see it.
“We usually send out e-mails to everyone to remind them and will include a clip of some kind such as the Welcome to Yorkshire tourist advert. This year we are going to hit them with The Three Yorkshireteers doing ‘Yorkshire Style’.”
Paul, 49, is a long-time Huddersfield Town and Dewsbury Rams fan.
He went to New Zealand after seeing an advert for nurses and just four months after applying was on a plane.
They have lived on the South Island but now have a home on the Kapiti Coast at Raumati Beach, 40 minutes north of Wellington, and both he and Janet became New Zealand citizens in 2008.
He added: “With the time difference we get to celebrate Yorkshire Day a day early but will still have a few bottles of Theakston's Old Peculier, stocked by several local shops.
“Last year we had our Yorkshire Day party at Raumati South Bowling Club and had over 70 bemused Kiwis come along.
“A friend Jamie, from Cowlersley, was there are the time and was guest of honour with a proper Yorkshire accent.
”I made 80 Yorkshire puddings and we cooked up five joints of beef.
“We also had a board full of Yorkshire faces and places and got a Kiwi choir singing Ilkley Moor Bah’t ‘At.
“They struggled but it was laugh to hear the Kiwis try”.
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