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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 in their two block trek for grass for owning their own home with a giant backyard near the beach, they are feeling pretty good about life!

Carolyn, what did you get up to in London?

Greg & I met in London through mutual Otago Uni friends in 2010. I had been in London since 2007 and Greg arrived a little later in 2009.  Workwise, Greg worked as an accountant for Akzo Nobel and I was in Financial PR after dabbling in event management and catering.    

Had you always planned to come home eventually?  

We had always planned on leaving London after the 2012 Olympics, but New Zealand was not our choice of destination initially. We had planned on living in another country first as a stepping stone to life back home in New Zealand.  We were living in a bit of a ‘never-never-land’ in London and I don’t think we wanted it to end!

What changed your plans?

Our daughter Molly came a little earlier than expected, so New Zealand became much more appealing. It seemed crazy to set up life in a country other than home with our new family. We decided to come straight back to New Zealand so we could have a better quality of life and enjoy both of our families while we were still young.

 

Why did you choose to settle in Tauranga?

Tauranga always seemed like the perfect city – not too big or small and with a very enviable beach lifestyle.  When Greg chose to work with the family business for him that meant working from home.  He had the option of living in Auckland, Tauranga or Hamilton, and the salary would have been the same whichever he chose, so it was a no brainer!

How have your first few years been?

Very soon after moving to The Mount we were able to buy a house with a lovely big garden so between gardening and renovating we are kept very busy! We spend a lot of time in our home or at the beach. We also visit our family a lot in the Coromandel and Oamaru.  We have met a great group of friends and enjoy getting involved with the Mount community through our kids. (Molly now has a little brother!)

Is Tauranga a good place to raise kids?

Molly is almost 3 now and blossoming in leaps and bounds.  The Mount has an incredible playcentre, which we are involved with.  She loves going to the beach. She is a big water baby! Quite the opposite of the concrete bred baby who was afraid of grass when we first moved here! 

Our little man is 3 months old and just fits into family life. My experience with the midwifery system and The Bethlehem Birthing Centre was incredible compared with a London birth.


 

And Greg is working for the family business?

Yes, and it’s going really well. Greg is now General Manager from Topflite.  The business is based in Oamaru and they manufacture and sell bird and small animal feed.  His role involves everything from marketing, packaging design, management, HR, PR to accounting…very busy! Thankfully he can work from home and otherwise he is on the road to meetings in Auckland, Christchurch, Oamaru and Australia.


 

Tell us about your own artisan business.

Cartouche started out soon after we moved to the Mount.  With an 8 month old I was hungry to get back into work but I was not prepared to sell my soul!  So I began screen-printing greeting cards in my garage and Cartouche was born.  From here I have grown to creating larger art prints and doing bespoke commissions as well as developing my skills as an artist, designer and illustrator. 

 

 

How is your Tauranga life different to your London life? 

In Tauranga we have no commute apart from a 5-minute drive to the airport every 6 weeks or so when Greg flies out for business.  We have a huge garden and veggie patch, whereas we used to carry our beanbag down 2 blocks past a busy road to a public park in London to enjoy a piece of grass! But we do drive a lot more in Tauranga whereas we used to cycle or walk everywhere in London… or get stuck on public transport!  

London life involved the pub or eating out a lot more too, whereas now we mostly enjoy eating at home or socializing with friends at their homes...perhaps just a reflection of having kids though?!

 

What makes Tauranga an attractive place for Kiwi’s returning home to New Zealand?

For Kiwi’s returning home to NZ from overseas I would think their main reason would be a lifestyle choice and Tauranga definitely ticks all the right boxes.  With beautiful beaches so close, great weather, little traffic, affordable housing and positioned relatively close to Auckland, Tauranga is a very attractive place.

 

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