Chris van Ryn

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Chris van Ryn

Chris van Ryn is a Whangarei-born Aucklander , an award-winning travel writer and photographer with wide experience in business and human rights campaigns.


50 years old in 2010. Married with one son. Family heritage is Dutch, a language he speaks fluently. Longtime resident of Central Auckland. Self-employed. Award-winning travel writer who has been published in the NZ Listener and Life & Leisure. Holds a Diploma in Photography. Travelled to over 30 countries, including India, Russia, Mongolia, Nepal, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and throughout Europe. Until recently headed an interior architecture firm which he founded 25 years before. Managed multi-million dollar construction projects. Has written for design magazines on the subject of architecture. Campaigner for human rights. Member of Amnesty International and the United Nations Association of New Zealand. In his youth worked with children with disabilities, more recently is a mentor of individuals and families. Convenor of a philosophy group. A sculptor who plays saxophone and guitar. [1]

Kia Ora Gaza

Viva Palestina founder George Galloway (centre) congratulates the Kia Ora Gaza team for their significant contribution to the success of the international aid convoy to Gaza. From left: Roger Fowler, Julie Webb-Pullman, Pat O'Dea, Hone Fowler, Mousa Taher and Chris van Ryn

In October 2010, a six-person Kia Ora Gaza team was part of the huge Gaza aid convoy that successfully broke Israel’s blockade a few days ago to deliver desperately-needed medical supplies along with a message of international solidarity.

“Our Kiwi volunteers are authentic heros who put their bodies on the line to help people in need on the other side of the world,” said Grant Morgan, co-organiser of Kia Ora Gaza.

“We are celebrating their historic victory with a welcome home ceremony upon their arrival at the airport. We invite all supporters of Kia Ora Gaza to join in this special occasion.”

“We hope a big crowd will turn out to honour Roger Fowler, Chris van Ryn, Julie Webb-Pullman, Pat O'Dea, Mousa Taher and Hone Fowler, our six courageous Kiwis returning from Gaza.”[2]


  1. Biographies of six-person Kiwi Team to Gaza
  2. [ Welcome home ceremony for Kia Ora Gaza team on Sunday, Kia Ora Gaza media release, 27 October 2010}