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Bring Your Job to Tauranga
15 August 2014


Lately we have been coming across people who have chosen to move to Tauranga and who have bought their jobs with them!  

Working remotely, also known as telecommuting means fulfilling a role within a company without actually physically showing up to the office each day. 

In fact, in many scenarios the company headquarters and remote worker are in different parts of the world. These employment relationships are on the rise globally, and for good reasons.

We pick the brains of two returned Kiwi expats who have chosen sunny Tauranga as their home city to telecommute from.

We'll let them share their advice in their own words.   

Over to you two!

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Name: Pauline Hampshire
Company: Cisco
Title: Program Management Role for Cisco's Asia-Pacific, Japan and China IT department.
Company Headquarters: San Jose, CA, United States
Working remotely from: Ignition Co-working Space, Tauranga


How long have you been working remotely for?

The experience of remote working has not started for me just since my move back to New Zealand. Progressively from about 2005 Cisco encouraged a flexible approach to the workplace, providing technology ahead of it’s time including Cisco Virtual Remote office – a package including router and software allowing to emulate the Cisco office into our homes. I had a smilar set-up in France, which helped me to cope with traffic issues. Cisco is truly the leader in accepting a work from anywhere environment. 

Do you think working remotely is a growing trend?

Absolutely. I think what we see is an opportunity for remote areas and smaller cities to play a role on the global market place, by fulfilling niche requirements and innovative ideas. You can either work independently or as part of a small start-up.

What has working in Ignition been like for you?

I have to say that finding the co-working space with Priority One has been a real blessing.


I was finding the home environment great for balancing the kids after school and work, but when I had challenging things to work on, I found my brain going round and round in circles. Whereas, when I get to the Ignition workspace I click into 'creative, focused' mode and my work performance has improved.

I don’t feel so alone anymore, and I feel connected to the city of Tauranga instead of just being on a video bridge with Japan, China or the US. Through Ignition I’ve had a chance to start networking with other IT professionals based here.

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Name: Tim Vaughn

Company: Education Perfect
Title:Global Brand Manager

Company Headquarters: Dunedin
Working Remotely From:  A corner of the lounge at home in Papamoa. 



What are the advantages of remote working in Tauranga?

There’s a real trend in a lot of industries towards working remotely and I think that Tauranga is incredibly well suited to that. Anyone who is driven in the sense that they can manage their time well can work from home or from a smaller office and have a really good career here in Tauranga, as well as a really cool lifestyle.

I think Tauranga has a really bright future from that perspective.  There’s going to be a lot of young professionals who see this as a place where they can balance both those things.”

Do you think anyone can work well from home?

I find that how well you work from home is determined by how your home is set up.  You need to have your own little nook or cranny where you get your work done and get really focused. 

I think the second thing is that you have to be a personality type where you are self-motivated and don’t get too distracted. You have to have the ability to really focus and get things done.  If you can do that, then you can work from home and it can be really successful.  

Do you get lonely not being in an office environment?

It’s a really fast-paced role - I’ve got several screens going at once and it’s really, really busy. I look after schools in NSW, which means a bit of travel to Sydney and I manage people in Dunedin. We all do that via SKYPE and online means and it’s great.

I would estimate that I would be probably doubly as effective working remotely, way more productive - and my bosses agree.  

You can be quite deliberate about the decisions you are making, rather than be pulled back and forth thinking, ‘I should talk to so and so about this’ or ‘I am having lunch with so and so today’.  In my mind it’s been a much more effective way of working.



Gets You Thinking Doesn't It?

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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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