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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
Design-Thinking Leader, Jono Jones, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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