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Canadian Lass Pursues Business Dream in Tauranga ~ Heart & Stove
31 August 2015


Canadian lass, Rachel Hart, first came to New Zealand on a university exchange when she was 21 and fell in love in the country.  

She never dreamed that years later she would fall in love with a Kiwi boy and end up relocating to his home-town of Tauranga.

Coming from Toronto, Rachel found her first years of settling into the comparatively tiny city of Tauranga quite a roller-coaster ride.  

She felt unsettled in her new country, and unsettled in her career.

So, drawing on her reserves of bravery, she took a deep breath and started a brand new business idea in a brand new town.

She's a slip of a thing, but she has a lot of spunk!

The business has grown really well in six months.  

Perhaps even more importantly, as she has grown with it, Rachel has found a new sense of belonging and happiness in this little city-village by the sea she now calls home.


Rachel, tell us about your business!

Heart and Stove is a healthy lunch delivery service: I create delicious wholesome lunches and deliver them to busy people at their place of work. 

The business is really a product of my experience and my passion. I studied nutrition, so health and wellness are really important to me, but the bulk of my professional experience is in hospitality (mainly baking).

I love nothing more than food and I really don’t think I could be in any other field. Thinking about food (be it menu plans, nutrition, new recipes, homemade almond milk, etc) takes up the majority of my brainspace!

I found that there is a real gap in the market for healthy and tasty food: people seem to think it has to be one or the other and that is really not the case!Plus, there are so many busy people these days who either skip lunch or eat something unhealthy in a rush.

Heart and Stove addresses both these issues by providing food that is both healthy and tasty and bringing it right to busy workers.  

What has Tauranga been like as a place to start a business? 

In a word: amazing! 

Practically from day one, people have been supportive and helpful and excited about my business.

It wasn't until I started my own business that I really started to feel like I belong here rather than being an overstaying tourist!


People have promoted me to their workplaces and friends; they have given me help in the form of photography or marketing advice; and the general public has really taken to the concept.

It’s grown a lot faster than I had anticipated and has really helped me grow my network of like-minded individuals.  

What have you enjoyed about the Tauranga business community? 

• Meeting like-minded people who are equally passionate about their cause.

• Discovering how many independent, creative women there are living in Tauranga. That has been inspiring and encouraing.

• Feeling supported by people that I have only just met. 

• Seeing that the majority of people will go out of their way to help someone who is just starting out.

As an immigrant to Tauranga, getting involved in the local community is important. 

For me, I slowly started making friends and found activities to get involved with in the community, but as soon I started my business this really exploded. It was like there was this whole other side to the community that I was suddenly exposed to. 

I’m very happy here now!  I have a well rounded life, between the weekends spent at the beach or climbing the mount, enjoying my work, having family and friends. 


READ MORE about Rachel's story of immigrating to New Zealand.


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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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