Peter and Berta live at St Kilda Retirement Village in Cambridge, New Zealand, and were married on 14 April 1956.
Peter comes from a family of nine children, and Berta comes from a family of 14! But despite this, they are the first couple on both sides of their families to reach their Diamond wedding anniversary.
They met in Cambridge, but are originally from the same Dutch village of Deurne. Their parents knew each other and over time they became friends.
A ballroom dancing partnership blossomed into a friendship and then a serious relationship.
Peter saved his hard earned money and they drove to Auckland in New Zealand to buy Berta an engagement ring, and they were married eighteen months later.
“We were poor as church mice when we started out – but we didn’t care, we just wanted to be married. It’s all worked out beautifully,” says Berta.
There is “I love you,” and then there’s “I’m in love with you,” and that’s what Peter and Berta say they are.
What they love about each other is their kindness, and the fact they never fight or argue. They say that their long and happy marriage is a result of giving a lot and not taking much, and moving on from potential disputes.
"We talk about anything and everything – we’re best friends”.