Welcome to Dannevirke (population 6,000), a lovely place in New Zealand. The town was founded in 1872 by 13 Danish and 8 Norwegian families. The town had the nick name “Sleeper town” due to the fact that the main employment of people there were from sawmills producing railway sleepers for the NZ railways.
In Maori, Dannevirke is called Tāmaki-nui-a-Rua. Try saying that after a few Lion’s Brew.
Nearby you also have the village of Norsewood. The town was also established in 1872, with the arrival of 372 Norweigan and 11 Swedes aboard the Norweigan Ship Hovding, which arrived at Port of Napier on the 15th September.
We’ve not been able to find much info about these towns, so if you’ve been there, do let us know. We’d love to find out if the Scandi culture is still being celerbrated as much as those American celebrate their heritage Scandi towns.