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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 was crazy when he told them he and his family were leaving Brisbane and moving to Tauranga. 

But for Sam, who grew up in Rangiora and South Auckland, bringing his Australian-identifying children back to New Zealand to be closer to grandparents and family made total sense.

It was Sam’s career his friends feared for. 

“A number of former colleagues thought it was a big risk and I guess it was,” says Sam. “They were worried about what career options would exist, but having been involved in start ups before I knew that sometimes in life you have to take a punt.”

He adds, “I was keen to try something different and if perhaps that meant a lower package that was fine. However I was surprised to find there are good career opportunities here in Tauranga if you're willingly to try something different, learn and work hard.” 

    

Sam had previously spent a total 17 years in the healthcare industry across Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane, initially with a large manufacturing organisation and then with three entrepreneurial start-up companies.

After arriving in Tauranga, Sam landed a role as Director of Business Development at Key Research, a global market research company based in Tauranga.

                          

“The role came from nowhere really,” says Sam. “It was a great opportunity to get involved in helping an entrepreneurial organisation grow and expand, creating jobs and activity within Tauranga.”

Sam says Tauranga is fortunate to have Managing Director's like Mike Hooker of Key Research who are committed to stay based in the city as their businesses expand globally. "We need more of them here and I think the city is well placed to do that with Priority OneTauranga City Council and infrastructure being built," he says.

Sam’s family had lived in Auckland before and didn’t want to repeat the experience in this family-driven move.  

“It was never a consideration,” says Sam. “We wanted to be close to good beaches and the mountains so the kids could experience a diverse range of New Zealand’s beautiful landscape. Tauranga ticked a lot of boxes in providing good educational options for the kids, a growing economy and good climate.”

Sam says the move to Tauranga has been good for his family’s sense of well-being. “It’s been great to enjoy daylight savings again and watch the kids experience snow, extended family quality time and the Kiwi outdoors lifestyle.” 

He believes Tauranga has a lot of positive things going for it.  “It has positive vibes, fantastic beaches, beautiful landscape, a good cafe scene, it is close to other main attractions, companies are moving here,” he says. “It would be great to see a full uni offer and a large destination shopping centre.”

In recent years there has been a marked increase in Kiwis leaving Australia and coming back home to New Zealand.  

As someone who feels equally at home in both countries, (his mother is Australian), Sam is circumspect about the trend.  

“I just think it's cyclical,” he says. “The reality is New Zealand is a very small economy and right now it is going well, so Kiwis feel more comfortable about coming home to be closer to family and getting a job.”

Still, he does recommend Tauranga to his Australian friends. “We've had a number of visitors already and they love it,” says Sam. 

He adds, “Australia will always offer more opportunities because it is so much bigger. We have encouraged our children to celebrate and love both countries and be open to living in both on occasions through out their lives.” 

Sam is less optimistic about Auckland and thinks there are good reasons for the current trend of Aucklanders moving to Tauranga.  



“Let's face it, Auckland with a small population relative to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane has terrible traffic problems which continue to worsen,” he says.

“The cost of housing added in means that if you can get a job or are able to split time between Tauranga and Auckland you'd have to consider the move. I've met a number since arriving who have either commuted in the past for work in Auckland or are doing so now.”

 

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