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Thinking of moving your family home to New Zealand?
2 October 2013
Thinking of moving your family home to New Zealand?

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 be 17 years later, with an English husband and two kids in tow!

Making the decision to come home is a big one when it involves moving your family halfway around the world. 

For those of you who have families, we thought you'd enjoy hearing about the experience of Cherie's family – the hard parts, the fun parts and whether or not it was all worth it…

 

 

What made you decide to move your family back to New Zealand? 

It wasn't that I fell out of love with London.....I just felt drawn to come home to the spirit of New Zealand.

I love the can-do attitude that Kiwis have, but I love the British sense of humor as well.

I've always felt as if I want my children to have the best of both worlds where they can have two homes - experience the sort of wildness and adventure that New Zealand has, but also be free to travel overseas when they want to.

 

When the London bombings happened it was a bit of a turning point for me because I was working right in the city - the tragedy and shock was very close to home.  I had two small children to think about and it was just the right time I suppose to come home.

Why did you choose to settle in Tauranga? 

My parents shifted down here from Auckland probably about 25 years ago, so every time we came home for a holiday we stayed with them in Papamoa. Coming from a London winter to a Bay of Plenty summer was pretty awesome! It is just absolutely stunning.  So, I guess it was a no-brainer to settle here.

The people in town are very friendly, very supportive – Tauranga is very community spirited. I love being around those types of people who are at one with the land and into hunting and fishing and the outdoor life. We have been very lucky.

How did your kids settle into their new Tauranga life? 

For the kids it has been absolutely awesome!

Scott was only four at the time that we left London. Sophie was seven, so she had started school over there and had to leave some good friends. The hardest part for them was leaving their grandparents.

I think for them they were too young really for it to be quite the upheaval that it could have been if they were older.   They settled so well and they made such good friends very quickly.  

We chose Tauranga Primary School and the people there were so lovely - they would come up to us and introduce themselves and Sophie made some great friends. She is at college now and she is still friends with a couple of the girls that she met that first year. It has been great for them.

They love the beach and have had the most awesome life. They think that going to the mount is just normal and that is just what everyone does. They don't realize how lucky we are to live down here but I'm sure they will know that one day certainly!

 

What advice would you give to Kiwi expats thinking of moving their family to Tauranga? 

We actually came out for holiday before we shifted here which I think is a good idea. We went around all of the different schools and met the key people there. There were a couple of schools that really stood out for us. But from the kid’s smiles at Tauranga Primary, you could just see how awesome that school was.

I think we are really lucky with education here in the Bay of Plenty.  Because everyone wants to live here we the quality of teachers is outstanding – we get the pick of the bunch really.

Tauranga primary and Tauranga intermediary have got fantastic leadership. They are very open. You can ask them lots of questions.

Everyone wants the best for their children here and I think what bonds people in Tauranga is that we all have the same values when it comes to family life.

Most of us have lived in big cities where it is a rush, rush lifestyle, and we wanted to spend more quality time with our kids.

So when you make that decision to come to a place like Tauranga - that's what it's all about - having wonderful quality time with you family.  It has certainly been worth it for us.

 

Gets You Thinking Doesn't It?

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Kathryn Overall is the friendly voice behind the 'Wish You Were Working Here' stories and Facebook posts.  Each month she chats with returned Kiwi expats,  Auckland imports and New Zealand immigrants who have moved to Tauranga, collecting their stories and advice to share with you. 


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