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From the home of Robin Hood to the beaches of Tauranga
From the home of Robin Hood to the beaches of Tauranga
18 August 2020
We caught up with Dan Lacey about his work in Tauranga as a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Consultant and how he and his young family have settled...
Saima Anis of Trustpower | Why I Love the Community Feel in Tauranga
Saima Anis of Trustpower | Why I Love the Community Feel in Tauranga
27 April 2020
Saima Anis and her family moved from London to Tauranga from London in 2013. After running a cupcake business for 18 months, Saima returned to...
Faye Suzannah | World-Travelling Mural Artist in Lockdown Grateful to be Living in Papamoa
Faye Suzannah | World-Travelling Mural Artist in Lockdown Grateful to be Living in Papamoa
20 March 2020
Glastonbury mural-artist Faye Suzannah has painted her way around the world. Since moving to Tauranga in November 2019, Faye has already...
Duann Schlecter | Radford's Product Designer Shares His South Africa to Tauranga Story
Duann Schlecter | Radford's Product Designer Shares His South Africa to Tauranga Story
16 March 2020
South African, Duann Schlechter was seeking a better quality of life for his family when he came across a job advertisement for a UI/UX role at...
Lou Burton | Content Specialist at SwipedOn Shares her London to Tauranga Story
Lou Burton | Content Specialist at SwipedOn Shares her London to Tauranga Story
4 March 2020
Lou Burton built her career  in the United Kingdom combining a passion for adventure travel with expertise in content...
Constanza Flores | The Wanderer Photographer Settles in Tauranga
Constanza Flores | The Wanderer Photographer Settles in Tauranga
27 February 2020
Chilean photographer Constanza (Coni) Flores turned her passion into a career by documenting her globe-trotting adventures. After struggling to find...
Ilse Skead | A New Start at Stratus Blue in Tauranga
Ilse Skead | A New Start at Stratus Blue in Tauranga
27 February 2020
In 2016, Ilse Skead and her husband Kevin, made the difficult decision to leave South Africa.  The couple wanted to provide a secure future for...
David Barbosa from Brazil | Advancing my IT Career in Tauranga
David Barbosa from Brazil | Advancing my IT Career in Tauranga
25 February 2020
Brazillian, IT engineer David Barbosa, came to New Zealand after a friend raved about the lifestyle. The fact that this was 'Lord of the...
Mauro Andrea of Cucumber | Argentina to Tauranga
Mauro Andrea of Cucumber | Argentina to Tauranga
25 February 2020
Mauro Andrea wonders if it was destiny that brought him to Tauranga.  After years of running a successful local IT business in...
Sara Windle of Colorado | My First Year in Tauranga
Sara Windle of Colorado | My First Year in Tauranga
7 February 2020
It was love that brought Sara Windle to Tauranga.  Having spent 20 years living next to the snowy mountains of Colorado, leaving the United...
Paulina Roach | The Global Citizen Shaping Tauranga's Hospitality Industry
Paulina Roach | The Global Citizen Shaping Tauranga's Hospitality Industry
2 December 2019
Born in Poland, raised in Germany, living in New Zealand. If there ever was a global citizen, it’s Paulina Roach. Paulina entered the...
The Recruitment Consultant Helping Fellow Immigrants Find Work in New Zealand
The Recruitment Consultant Helping Fellow Immigrants Find Work in New Zealand
14 November 2019
In 2016, after a career in business development within the real estate industry, Nikita Pierce bought a joinery and shop-fitting company and...
Diversity and Innovation at PlantTech | Meet Our Multi-National Team
Diversity and Innovation at PlantTech | Meet Our Multi-National Team
30 October 2019
PlantTech in Tauranga, New Zealand is seeking to accelerate innovation and find solutions to horticulture challenges through...
Diogo Menezes| How A Working Holiday Turned into an Engineering Role at Robotics Plus
Diogo Menezes| How A Working Holiday Turned into an Engineering Role at Robotics Plus
24 October 2019
Engineer, Diogo Menezes and his wife Nathalie, came to New Zealand for an adventure.  The Brazilian couple had previously visited the...
Shirley Rivera | Trustpower Test Analyst Shares How Her Dream of Moving to New Zealand Came True
Shirley Rivera | Trustpower Test Analyst Shares How Her Dream of Moving to New Zealand Came True
23 October 2019
Born and raised in the Philippines, Shirley Rivera and her husband had a dream to migrate to New Zealand. The beauty of the landscape and the promise...
Zulfikar Hossain | AI & Robotics Expert Joins PlantTech Team
Zulfikar Hossain | AI & Robotics Expert Joins PlantTech Team
20 October 2019
Zulfikar Hossain wasn't surprised when he got a LinkedIn message from a recruiter in Tauranga asking him to consider employment with an...
Senior Software Engineer Shares His Story of Moving to Tauranga, New Zealand | Daniel Oosthuizen
Senior Software Engineer Shares His Story of Moving to Tauranga, New Zealand | Daniel Oosthuizen
16 October 2019
Daniel Oosthuizen grew up in White River, in a small town Mpumalanga, South Africa.  As a senior software devloper he was based in Johannseburg...
Nico Mulder of Trustpower - Tauranga's Newest Tech Talent Import
Nico Mulder of Trustpower - Tauranga's Newest Tech Talent Import
25 September 2019
South African, Nico Mulder, is one of Tauranga's newest tech talents. When he moved here in August 2019, he brought a decade's worth of...
Belinda's Chocolates - My Somerset to Tauranga Story
Belinda's Chocolates - My Somerset to Tauranga Story
16 September 2019
Belinda Holme vividly remembers the day she and her family arrived in Mount Maunganui.  It was Easter Monday, April 2018. The sun was shining as...
From Russia, For Love | Marina Ladygina of MOCA Shares Her Moving to Tauranga Story
From Russia, For Love | Marina Ladygina of MOCA Shares Her Moving to Tauranga Story
27 August 2019
Marina Ladygina was born and raised in St Petersburg, Russia.  A career in web development opened the door for her to work and travel the world...
James Wilson | From Q Theatre to Baycourt in Tauranga
James Wilson | From Q Theatre to Baycourt in Tauranga
19 July 2019
James Wilson's future was sealed the night he saw Jason Donavan star in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream' in London's West...
Ultimate Motor Group's Newest Sales Executive Shares His South Africa to Tauranga Tale
Ultimate Motor Group's Newest Sales Executive Shares His South Africa to Tauranga Tale
18 July 2019
Craig Hawkins grew up in Pretoria, South Africa where he earnt a reputation as a high performing car sales manager within the city's motor...
Zain Nazeer of Trustpower Tauranga | Why I'm Proud to Call New Zealand My New Home
Zain Nazeer of Trustpower Tauranga | Why I'm Proud to Call New Zealand My New Home
12 July 2019
Zain Nazeer says he could talk for hours about how proud he is to call New Zealand home. He's been through a lot to get here. Born and raised...
Mark Black of McLeods on Driving Cranes and Finding Work-Life Balance in Tauranga
Mark Black of McLeods on Driving Cranes and Finding Work-Life Balance in Tauranga
12 July 2019
Mark Black loves New Zealand winters.  The mild Tauranga climate is welcome relief after the freezing temperatures he worked in in his homeland,...
Layla Loots | King St's New Account Manager Shares Her South Africa to Tauranga Story
Layla Loots | King St's New Account Manager Shares Her South Africa to Tauranga Story
12 July 2019
Layla Loots has a knack for strategy.  This is evident in the way she has managed her career in marketing and brand strategy, but it also shows...
The Couple Bringing European Style to Tauranga’s Signage Industry
The Couple Bringing European Style to Tauranga’s Signage Industry
2 June 2019
Having lived in many countries and cities around the globe, it was Philipp Wilkens' exchange experience in Whangarei at the tender age of 14 that...
Carole Bettendroffer | Likeable Lab's Luxembourg Addition Shares Her Moving to Tauranga Story
Carole Bettendroffer | Likeable Lab's Luxembourg Addition Shares Her Moving to Tauranga Story
12 May 2019
It was a chance conversation with some cashier's at a Farmers store that led Carole Bettendroffer to Tauranga. The Luxembourg-born social...
Tia Lush | The Newcomer Bringing a World-Class STEMFest to Tauranga
Tia Lush | The Newcomer Bringing a World-Class STEMFest to Tauranga
4 April 2019
In October 2019, Tauranga will earn itself a spot on the world map of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by hosting its first ever STEM...
Mignon Olivier Green | IT Recruitment Specialist Shares Her Moving to Tauranga Story
Mignon Olivier Green | IT Recruitment Specialist Shares Her Moving to Tauranga Story
14 March 2019
Tauranga newcomer and tech-sector advocate, Mignon Green, has called many places home. Born in South Africa and raised in the United States, her...
Louis Bolton of Blue Chilli | Focussing a Creative Lens on Tauranga
Louis Bolton of Blue Chilli | Focussing a Creative Lens on Tauranga
12 March 2019
Louis Bolton loves telling stories through photography and film. Despite having an amazing freelance career in South Africa, the increasingly tense...
Liat Reis | Hello Club Says Hello to Tauranga
Liat Reis | Hello Club Says Hello to Tauranga
5 March 2019
Israeli-born, Liat Reis met her Netherlands-born husband-to-be, Adam, in Wanaka in 2006. They were both travellers, both software developers and they...
Jonathan Brayley on Changing Countries and Careers | South Africa to Tauranga
Jonathan Brayley on Changing Countries and Careers | South Africa to Tauranga
17 January 2019
Attracted to New Zealand’s freedom, safety, opportunities and lifestyle, South African, Jonathan Brayley, moved to Tauranga in April 2018...
Dee Collins | Focus Magazine Editor Shares Her Moving to Tauranga Story
Dee Collins | Focus Magazine Editor Shares Her Moving to Tauranga Story
17 November 2018
Political instablity and uncertainty about what the future would hold for them in Zimbabwe prompted Dee Collins and her husband, Mark, to leave...
Jaco Kapp | The Surfing Accountant Moves to Tauranga
Jaco Kapp | The Surfing Accountant Moves to Tauranga
25 September 2018
South-African born and bred, Jaco Kapp and his wife Bronwyn, pin-pointed Tauranga out of all the global options when they began searching for a new...
Brunei to Tauranga | Aubrey Liew of Thomson Group Shares His Migration Story
Brunei to Tauranga | Aubrey Liew of Thomson Group Shares His Migration Story
17 September 2018
Aubrey Liew and his wife, Jen, arrived in New Zealand in April 2018, hoping to settle in Taupo.  Things didn't work out there and they...
From the Philippines to Tauranga | Vic Petilla of Cucumber Shares His Story
From the Philippines to Tauranga | Vic Petilla of Cucumber Shares His Story
27 August 2018
Vic Petilla, had a good life and a successful IT career in the Philippines, his home country. But in recent years he realised he was ready for a...
Finding Home Among Tauranga's Creatives | Caitriona Fallon's Ireland to Tauranga Tale
Finding Home Among Tauranga's Creatives | Caitriona Fallon's Ireland to Tauranga Tale
15 June 2018
Caitriona Fallon is a vivacious Irish woman, a singer-songwriter and a former Riverdance performer. She met her Kiwi husband during her Riverdance...
Alex Talopa’u Brings Good Financial News to Everyday People in Tauranga
Alex Talopa’u Brings Good Financial News to Everyday People in Tauranga
13 June 2018
Alesana (Alex) Talopa'u grew up in the 'real' Samoa, on the island of Savaii. He first came to New Zealand as a high school student in...
Aussie Newcomer, Meg Davis, On Championing the Arts in Tauranga
Aussie Newcomer, Meg Davis, On Championing the Arts in Tauranga
30 May 2018
Meg Davis and her partner, Sam, wanted a change of pace. Having grown up in rural Australia, the hustle and bustle of corporate life in Perth was...
Laura Faulconer Brings International Experience to Tauranga Entrepreneurs
Laura Faulconer Brings International Experience to Tauranga Entrepreneurs
8 May 2018
Since her in arrival in December, 2017, American-born Laura Faulconer has become a key player in Tauranga’s local entrepreneurial...
Transplanting a Family and a Career from the UK to Tauranga | Marie Larkin's Immigration Story
Transplanting a Family and a Career from the UK to Tauranga | Marie Larkin's Immigration Story
23 April 2018
For UK-born, Marie Larkin, the idea of living in a beachside city was a running family joke or, at best, a retirement plan. After all, Marie and her...
When a City Chooses You | Photographer Renee Recordon’s Canada to Tauranga Story
When a City Chooses You | Photographer Renee Recordon’s Canada to Tauranga Story
10 April 2018
Renee Recordon had deep roots in her Canadian hometown and with family close by she couldn’t imagine starting her own family anywhere else....
UK Couple's Commitment to the Mount Turned Them Into Digital Marketing Gurus | Freyja Spaven's Immigration Story
UK Couple's Commitment to the Mount Turned Them Into Digital Marketing Gurus | Freyja Spaven's Immigration Story
26 March 2018
The moment UK couple, Freyja Spaven and Dan Daines-Hutt, set foot on Pilot Bay they were hooked. “Suddenly we were in this...
Culture Shock and Resilience: Sri Lankan, Nirosh Wijesinghe's Tauranga Success Story
Culture Shock and Resilience: Sri Lankan, Nirosh Wijesinghe's Tauranga Success Story
14 February 2018
A torn knee ligament altered the course of Sri Lankan, Nirosh Wijesinghe’s, life. Instead of heading to the United States on a basketball...
Stine Smith: Merging Danish Roots with Kiwi Living
Stine Smith: Merging Danish Roots with Kiwi Living
20 December 2017
In 2011, Danish-born, Stine Smith, relocated to the beautiful Bay of Plenty after meeting her Kiwi husband in Dubai. She arrived in...
Jenny Rudd on Unique Upbringings, Immigration and Owning UNO. Magazine
Jenny Rudd on Unique Upbringings, Immigration and Owning UNO. Magazine
15 December 2017
Editing and co-owning the exceptional UNO. Magazine is no small feat, but Jenny Rudd is perfect for the job. An Englishwoman who has lived...
Jono Jones, Bluelab's Head of Innovation Shares his London to Tauranga Tale
Jono Jones, Bluelab's Head of Innovation Shares his London to Tauranga Tale
20 November 2017
Jono Jones is a central player in Tauranga’s design thinking community. Born in Staffordshire, UK, Jono arrived in Tauranga in 2011 for a...
Stacey Jones on Why Tauranga is the New Destination for Ambitous Big Businesses
Stacey Jones on Why Tauranga is the New Destination for Ambitous Big Businesses
2 November 2017
After pursuing a fast-paced advertising career in the UK, Oxford University graduate, Stacey Jones, arrived in Tauranga in December 2008 and found...
Harris Tate Solicitor, Genelle Seah, Looking After the Chinese Community in Tauranga
Harris Tate Solicitor, Genelle Seah, Looking After the Chinese Community in Tauranga
4 September 2017
Most people would find moving to a new country alone at seventeen daunting, but solo international travel was nothing new to Genelle Seah. For four...
The Lure of Tauranga ~ Australian Andrew Friedlieb's Sea-Change Story
The Lure of Tauranga ~ Australian Andrew Friedlieb's Sea-Change Story
28 August 2017
After growing up 500 km inland in rural Australia, recent migrant, Andrew Friedlieb, is now revelling in the Bay of Plenty’s endless supply of...
Gordy Lockhart of The Kollective | Tauranga's First Community Services Co-Working Space
Gordy Lockhart of The Kollective | Tauranga's First Community Services Co-Working Space
16 August 2017
After a careeer focused on profits, Scotsman, Gordy Lockhart, is excited to be working for a social enterprise in Tauranga.   The Kollective is...
Clarissa van Emmenes | Johannesburg Foodie and Writer Starts New Chapter in Tauranga
Clarissa van Emmenes | Johannesburg Foodie and Writer Starts New Chapter in Tauranga
26 April 2017
Ever since they married in 2013, South African couple, Clarissa and Marco van Emmenes, have wanted to move to New Zealand. But after a cursory look...
Steven Farrant ~ Supporting Small Business in Tauranga
Steven Farrant ~ Supporting Small Business in Tauranga
8 February 2017
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Tauranga is booming.   This sunny, coastal paradise is attracting talented and experienced people from all over the world....
Pete Wales | Bravesight’s Group Business Director Shares His Trans-Tasman Migration Story
Pete Wales | Bravesight’s Group Business Director Shares His Trans-Tasman Migration Story
27 January 2017
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri; color: #ff2500} For a man with extensive experience with a global marketing...
Canadian Sarah Brockmann Says Good Living Comes Naturally in Mount Maunganui
Canadian Sarah Brockmann Says Good Living Comes Naturally in Mount Maunganui
25 January 2017
“One night, we sat down and googled Mount Maunganui”. This simple statement precedes American-born, Canadian-bred, Sarah...
Holly Potter | The Art of Settling into a New City
Holly Potter | The Art of Settling into a New City
21 December 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Holly Potter knows a thing or two about change. Born in Plymouth, in the UK, she spent her early childhood in Wales and moved to...
Brewing Creativity | Hans Kraenzlin on Music, Coffee and Finding a Spiritual Home in Tauranga
19 December 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Home. It's a short word with powerful connotations.  Powerful, but not always simple. 'Global citizen' is...
Shawn Hutchinson | Shaping Global Citizens at ACG School Tauranga
Shawn Hutchinson | Shaping Global Citizens at ACG School Tauranga
26 October 2016
After living in Asia for 15 years, the fresh, clean air in beautiful Tauranga is what stands out to Shawn Hutchinson and his family. Shawn moved to...
Tina Jennen on Choosing Tauranga & Her New CEO Role
Tina Jennen on Choosing Tauranga & Her New CEO Role
20 September 2016
Photo Credit | John Borren, Bay of Plenty Times BY KATHRYN OVERALL When corporate executive, Tina Jennen, decided to emigrate to New Zealand from...
Meet Bill Murphy of Enterprise Angels | NZ's Largest Angel Investor Fund
Meet Bill Murphy of Enterprise Angels | NZ's Largest Angel Investor Fund
26 August 2016
Everybody knows how amazing the lifestyle is in Tauranga.  But more and more people are discovering there are plenty of business opportunities...
Dina Cotter | Chicago Snow to Tauranga Sunshine
Dina Cotter | Chicago Snow to Tauranga Sunshine
18 May 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL You should be careful what books you read. As Dina Cotter will tell you, they just might change your life.  Dina was born...
How A Californian Girl Became New Zealand's Foodie Ambassador to the US
18 December 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Linda McWilliam is a fabulous Tauranga import from California who has made it her mission to help premium New Zealand artisan...
Natalia di Franco | Argentina to Tauranga
30 October 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL   Natalia di Franco and her husband, George, moved to Tauranga from Argentina in 2013 searching for adventure, a new...
Johannesburg to Tauranga // Choosing Freedom
18 September 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL I would like you to meet one of my favourite Tauranga imports!   Genevieve Key of Bodysense Pilates Studio is  a...
Canadian Lass Pursues Business Dream in Tauranga ~ Heart & Stove
31 August 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Canadian lass, Rachel Hart, first came to New Zealand on a university exchange when she was 21 and fell in love in the country....
Toronto to Tauranga ~ Rachel of Heart and Stove Shares Her Story
30 August 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL   Canadian lass, Rachel Hart, first came to New Zealand on a university exchange when she was 21 and fell in love with...
French-Born Tauranga Entrepreneur Inspires Innovation
French-Born Tauranga Entrepreneur Inspires Innovation
31 July 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL   French-Born Tauranga Entrepreneur Inspires Innovation "It is a hard road being an entrepreneur. You need more...
Choosing Tauranga - Pascale on Leaving Europe and Finding Home
Choosing Tauranga - Pascale on Leaving Europe and Finding Home
30 July 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL   Choosing Tauranga | Pascale's Story of Leaving Europe and Finding Home On August 17, 1997, Pascale...
Project Ignite Profile | Julien Huteau, Environmental Innovator
Project Ignite Profile | Julien Huteau, Environmental Innovator
16 March 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL “A healthy environment will support a vibrant and healthy community.” ~ Julien Sometimes we have to see Tauranga...
Peter Wren-Hamilton // 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...
Bring Your Job to Tauranga
15 August 2014
WORK REMOTELY IN TAURANGA Lately we have been coming across people who have chosen to move to Tauranga and who have bought their...
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...
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