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Georgia Baker | Finding my Career Path in Tauranga as a Young Graduate
31 October 2018
Recenty arrived Tauranga local, Georgia Baker, grew up in Dunedin where she developed a love for writing, marketing and music theatre.  After...
Rich Mullaney | Building a New Life and Business in Papamoa
26 October 2018
Rich Mullaney grew up on the North Shore of Auckland, met his wife, Zoe, at a New Year's gathering in Whangamata, and mastered the art of...
James O'Sullivan | Ad-Agency Golden Boy Loving New Freelance Life in Mount Maunganui
27 September 2018
For the first half of 2018, ex ad-agency golden boy, James O'Sullivan, had one foot in Auckland and one in Mount Maunganui.  In August, he...
Nikki Philips of NZ Wine Home | Finding Love and the Good Life in Tauranga
17 September 2018
At 19 years old, Nikki Philips was ready for adventure. She left her childhood town of Tamahere and hot-footed it to London quicker than you can...
Jason Eves on Returning Home and Continuing the Family Real Estate Legacy in Tauranga
15 May 2018
Growing up as the son of Max Eves – the founder of leading Tauranga residential agency, Eves Realty Ltd – you could say property was in...
Mel Lee: The Girl Running Global Marketing Campaigns from the Family Farm in Katikati
26 January 2018
Mel Lee launched her own social marketing agency, Backchat Media, in 2014 at only 24 years old. Putting years of digital and social media experience...
Sally Green's OE-Inspired Move to Tauranga
16 January 2018
After growing up in Wellington and living in Auckland, it was that Kiwi classic tradition - her OE -  that gave Sally Green the confidence to...
Kirsten Ogden Brings Big City Media and Advertising Experience to the Bay
6 December 2017
Growing up in Auckland, Kirsten Ogden, loved her holidays in the Bay visitng family. However, as she built up a fast-paced career in media and...
Basing a Global Tech Business in the Bay | Ben Scott's Tauranga Sea-Change Story
14 November 2017
Ben Scott is the co-founder of SwipedOn – an App that transforms visitor registration for modern day offices. Used by fortune 500 companies,...
Tauranga is a Growing City of Opportunity for Architects ~ A Kiwi Homecoming Story
23 October 2017
After six years working in Bristol, Kiwi architectural graduate, Shara Paulo, and her partner, Matt, chased the sunshine back to New Zealand in 2014....
Amanda Barker of Pillar Consulting Brings Health and Safety Expertise to Tauranga Businesses
6 October 2017
Amanda Barker was building up a career in human resources when she stumbled upon a surprising passion. Working in HR for a Queensland mining company,...
Morgan Jones | The Kiwi Repat Behind Tauranga's New Tidal Stairs
7 August 2017
Tauranga is going through a major makeover and the newly revealed city centre tidal stairs and pontoon are just the...
Optometrist Alex Petty Brings Cutting Edge Australian Experience to new Tauranga Clinic
17 July 2017
Alex Petty’s early experience with poor eye sight led him into the field of optometry. He studied in Auckland, gained experience in Palmerston...
The Rabbit Hole's Operational Manager Debbie Irving Moves Home to NZ After 33 Years Abroad
21 June 2017
The travel bug bit Debbie Irving early on. Straight after completing seventh form she starting saving up for Europe and, before she knew it, her...
Perth to Tauranga | Trina Pohatu on the Call of Whanau and Whenua
19 May 2017
Trina Pohatu’s move to Perth was life-changing: she got to travel, she saw the world from a new perspective and she met her fiancé...
From Shanghai to Tauranga | Solicitor, Paul Milne, Shares His Repat Story
15 May 2017
Epsom-raised Paul Milne’s teenage travels to Shanghai sparked his fascination with the bustling city. Years later, as a young lawyer,...
Wild One | Monique Hemmingson's Personal Story and Why She Came Home to Start Her Dream Cafe in Mount Maunganui
3 May 2017
Since opening its doors in June 2016, Wild One Wholefoods Eatery has joined the ranks among Mount Maunganui’s most popular cafés. Wild...
Belinda Barnes Brings International Experience Home to Benefit Tauranga Export Businesses
13 April 2017
Each year, thousands of newly minted Kiwi professionals flock to the UK, eager to spread their wings and see the world. The Big O.E. holds so much...
Recruitment Specialist Catherine Brown Spills the Beans On Her Own Tauranga Job Hunt
24 March 2017
Who better to give advice on the challenge of job hunting in Tauranga than an HR and Recruitment Specialist who has been there...
Ashleigh Gee | Rugby Loving Taranaki Girl Moves to Tauranga (via Brisbane)
8 March 2017
At twenty-three years old, Ashleigh Gee of Taranaki was drawn to the tropical climate and white sandy beaches of Brisbane. Across the ditch,...
Brisbane Couple Bring Baby Home to Tauranga
30 November 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL In 2008, Tauranga native, Kelly Conder, found herself bored with the city of her childhood and moved to Brisbane seeking...
Kiwi Repats Bring Pet-Loving Lifestyle Business to Tauranga
18 November 2016
“We wanted a life with less stress, closer to nature, that could give us the freedom to do work that we love on our terms.” After...
From New York to New Zealand | Deb Peake's Homecoming Story
18 November 2016
Deborah Peake’s work history is rather enviable. Her Kiwi 'can-do' attitude led her to work alongside some of the biggest names in...
WOODS | Why We Call Tauranga Home
9 November 2016
Reuben and Melissa own WOODS, a leading independent brand agency in the Bay of Plenty. WOODS partners with companies and organisations to...
Lauren Grainger | Perth to Tauranga
10 August 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL In 2011, an entire cohort of fresh-faced university graduates entered a workforce which was still reeling from the global...
Logan Crawford on Real Estate, Music & Peace of Mind | Perth to Tauranga
27 July 2016
After living in Perth for the best part of a decade, Te Puke native, Logan Crawford, made the decision to listen to his heart rather than his head....
Brent Ireland | Tauranga ✈ Melbourne ✈ Tauranga
27 July 2016
After living in the Bay of Plenty for 16 years, Brent Ireland left Tauranga in search of excitement. He wanted to further his career, live in a...
Tips for Kiwi Expats Looking for Job Roles in Tauranga | Ryan & Alexander
25 May 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins and Kiri Burney are the founders of Ryan + Alexander, a new recruitment agency in Tauranga who...
Taking Over the Family Farm | Around The World and Back Again
22 May 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL If you had told Craig Troughton when he was young that he would take over the family farm one day, he probably would have...
Design the Life You Want | The Cowans on Tauranga
13 May 2016
“We've travelled the world and still there's honestly no place like New Zealand, and there's certainly no place like the Bay of...
Melbourne to Tauranga | Janine Speedy's Story
1 March 2016
Born and bred Bay of Plenty local, Janine Speedy, always knew she eventually wanted to move back to Tauranga. After spending a few years doing her OE...
MOCA's Andrea Nilsson's Advice for Kiwi Expats Returning Home to Start A Business
15 January 2016
California Dreaming BY KATHRYN OVERALL Andrea Nilsson gets out of bed at 4.45am every morning.  She's at her desk by 5am and clocks in...
After the DINKY Dream | Where Should You Live When You Are Ready to Settle Down?
14 January 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL   When Dunedin-based couple, Jene & Therese Hamahona were in their mid-twenties their friends all starting having...
Returned Kiwi Expats Share Their Advice PART 2
7 October 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Dear Kiwi Expat, So, here you are…wondering if it’s time to move home to New Zealand. When you're ready...
Mel Batchelor of Uno Magazine | Brisbane to Tauranga
25 September 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL When Christchurch native, Mel and her partner Matt got engaged in 2007 they moved to Australia for a fresh start and a change...
New to Tauranga? Meet Melissa Hayes and The Sociables
15 September 2015
Are you new to Tauranga?   Or thinking about returning to new Zealand after living overseas for years?   When you are settling (or...
Brisbane to Tauranga - The Career Punt that Paid Off For Sam Marshall
30 August 2015
New Director of Business Developent at Key Research On Making the Move from Brisbane to Tauranga  Sam Marshall’s friends thought he...
Courtney Linnecar - One Happy Local
30 July 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL I only met Courtney Linnecar a week ago but I already feel like we are friends. After being introduced by a mutual...
5 Things Women Should Know Before Starting A Business In Tauranga
2 July 2015
Are you a Kiwi expat woman thinking about starting a business when you move to Tauranga? You certainly wouldn’t be the first!...
Stories Vanessa Davey // Intuition, Purpose and Coming Home
1 July 2015
This month, Kathryn Overall catches up with the inspiring founder of the Venus Network for women in business to find out what it...
From London-town to Kiwi Back-Yard
18 March 2015
Carolyn and her partner Greg made the big move home to New Zealand from London after their first child appeared on the scene.  After trading...
I Really Didn't Want to Move to Tauranga | Kathryn Overall's Reluctant Homecoming
22 February 2015
Kathryn Overall is a returned Kiwi expat who enjoys living and working in Tauranga. She is the friendly voice behind the 'Wish You Were...
Advice for Kiwi Expats Returning Home - PART 1
13 February 2015
Dear Kiwi Expat So, here you are…wondering if it’s time to move home to New Zealand. When you're ready to come home, we'd...
Tauranga Co-Working Space Attracts Returning Kiwi Expats
21 January 2015
Are you tired of working from your kitchen table yet? In case you hadn't noticed, there's a growing global movement towards...
Pauline's Story - From Idyllic French Village to Sunny Tauranga
21 January 2015
Pauline Hampshire was born in Tauranga but spent 20 years of her adult life in France.  She became the centre of a media storm in 2010 when...
Historical Adventures of a Tauranga Traveller
8 December 2014
James Graham is a history buff with an entreprenurial streak, a love for travel and a business he can run from pretty much anywhere in the...
Katie Cox // California to Mount Maunganui
31 October 2014
Katie Cox is a Tauranga import that came to the Bay of Plenty for the surf ten years ago, fell in love with a Kiwi and never left!  As a...
Meet Baby Matthew! Chris & Emma One Year On
31 October 2014
One year ago we introduced you to Chris and Emma van der Molen who were expecting their first child.  They had recently made the big move...
Tauranga Tech Links with Silicon Valley
23 September 2014
Are you a Kiwi expat with a tech-biz dream or start-up? Are you contemplating a return home to New Zealand? To Tauranga? There’s someone...
Move to Tauranga - BYO Job!
18 September 2014
WORK REMOTELY IN TAURANGA Lately we have been coming across people who have chosen to move to Tauranga and who have bought their jobs...
Reverse Psychology | Why Kiwis in Australia Are Coming Home
17 September 2014
In light of recent announcement from the Australian government, Kiwis might be glad of the reminder that there are opportunities waiting for skilled...
Sydney vs Brisbane vs Tauranga
10 September 2014
Meet Tim & Kate Kiwi couple, Tim and Kate Vaughn spent their 20's searching for the perfect city to call home. “We are all...
How To Speed Date Tauranga in 5 Minutes
7 August 2014
So....you're wondering about moving to Tauranga in the 'not-as-distant-as-you-used-to-think' future.   But it's been so long...
Your Business Dream
5 March 2014
TAURANGA IS A DREAM PLACE TO START A BUSINESS. It's official.   According to the World Banks survey of 189 countries, New Zealand...
Thinking of moving your family home to New Zealand?
2 October 2013
When Cherie Hawkins left New Zealand for the UK she always assumed she would move back home at some stage. Little did she know it would...
Slumdog Millionaire Moment Sparks Global Social Enterprise
27 September 2013
They’ll probably make a movie about Diana Judge one day. The plot outline? High-flying Kiwi Global Brand Manager for Shell Oil based in North...
London to Tauranga and loving it!
30 July 2013
Sometimes a holiday changes everything.   Whakatane girl, Jenny Kyle, had been living over-seas for six years when she came back to New Zealand...
Melbourne to Tauranga - A Lawyer's Story
2 July 2013
Everything changed when the puppy came along. Kiwi gal, Tanya Drummond and her Aussie partner Mark, loved their fast-paced Melbourne...
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