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Canadian Sarah Brockmann Says Good Living Comes Naturally in Mount Maunganui
25 January 2017
Canadian Sarah Brockmann Says Good Living Comes Naturally in Mount Maunganui

“One night, we sat down and googled Mount Maunganui”.

This simple statement precedes American-born, Canadian-bred, Sarah Brockmann’s, arrival in New Zealand. If a more laid-back approach to immigration exists, we've never heard of it!

As Sarah neared the end of her two-year working holiday in Australia, an opportunity for her partner to be transferred to his company’s Mount Maunganui branch presented itself.  

A brief Google image search was really all it took. Having never stepped foot in New Zealand, in 2015, Sarah and her Australian boyfriend, Cam, were packed up and out of Melbourne within a month.

Once here, things quickly fell into place. Sarah swiftly secured a job putting her toxicology degree to use in the food safety industry, and discovered that the seaside, outdoorsy lifestyle that the Mount offers suits her to a tee.

Let’s hear from Sarah herself, how her easy-going manner has allowed her to slide right into life as a Mount Maunganui local:

What do you love most about living in the beautiful Bay of Plenty?

To live by the ocean has always been a dream of mine. I grew up in landlocked Calgary so I rarely visited the beach. I am definitely now an ocean lover. I love scuba diving, water skiing and am learning to surf, however I have a few years of catching up to do!

New Zealand is amazing for people who love the outdoors. I love that it hardly takes any time to find a tranquil spot at which to relax.

"I swear I have seen more waterfalls and rainbows in the past two years living here than I have in my entire life."

What was your experience of looking for work in Tauranga?

I got a lucky break with my first job as a friend of mine introduced me to someone who needed skills like mine and fast. I was initially thinking I could be a tourist for a little bit in this new country, but instead started a full time contracting role within the first two weeks of arriving. We were stoked!

I had trouble finding work in my field in Australia, but the Bay of Plenty, with its strong marine industry has really broaded my career opportunities. 

My current position is a Compliance/Food Safety Officer at a seafood processing company called PelcoNZ in the Mount. I take care of all the compliance requirements of the fishing vessel, cold storage, and factory. It is a family run business with really lovely people in a great work location.

We see you also have a lifestyle business selling natural skin products? Tell us a bit about that.

My skincare business, iamearthed, came from my interest in natural products. Studying toxicology in university was super interesting and made me more aware of all the chemicals that are in the world today. Back in Canada, I have worn natural products ever since university and I had found natural brands that I liked and trusted.

When I moved to Australia, I had to start all over again finding brands that were all natural and worked well for me. This took a bit of time and money, but I just couldn't find a deodorant that I was happy with, so I decided to make my own. At first, I made it for myself, then for friends, and then the word spread.  

I have since created the 'iamearthed' brand, 100% natural home and skincare products.

I sell my products on my website www.iamearthed.com, as well as on online marketplaces like Trademe and Greenelephant, and in person at The Little Big Markets, where I share a stall with two other similarly-minded businesses. I’m just having a bit of fun with it!

What is your favourite product?

My favorite product would have to be the Lovely Lemongrass Earth Butter. It is a solid moisturizer, something a bit different! I love that it is a stick so I can rub it on my legs whilst keeping my hands dry, and the scent is heavenly.

What is the Mount/Tauranga like as a place to run a small business? 

It's great; it is a big enough city that plenty of people are interested in natural products yet small enough that the word spreads throughout the different communities.

The Little Big Markets have been a huge help in getting my products out there into the public eye. It is such a fun day at the markets and I would probably be there anyways; it is high energy, there’s good music, and it’s always a great day hanging out with my “stall sisters”.

What are some of your favourite things to do in the Mount? 

The Mount is an awesome place to live! I love that there are so many places to eat at and all the food is so fresh and tasty. A couple of my favorite places to eat would have to be Post Bank, Wild One and Fish Face. I'm not a big shopper, but I love browsing the weekend markets for fresh food and goods as I enjoy supporting the local artists and community.

I love going to the Mount for exercise, it is such a great way to get a good walk in. I have also joined soccer, beach volleyball and touch rugby teams for a bit of social sport and enjoy mountain biking in Rotorua and Oropi.

What advice would you give to another North American who is considering making a move to Mount Maunganui?

Get involved in team sports - it's a great way to meet people. Joining community Facebook groups, such as the Maunganui Notice Board is useful when looking for flatmates and for buying or selling gear. Bring your mountain bike and hiking boots - there are so many awesome bush walks to do in New Zealand! 


Gets You Thinking Doesn't It?

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Looking for work in Tauranga?

Send me your CV and a 100 word bio and we will send it out to local businesess who are on the lookout for good people. Priority One is not a recruitment agency, but as the economic development agency for the region we seek to make connections for people where we can. There is no charge for this service.

Email me at annie@priorityone.co.nz.

Annie Hill | Priority One
Communications/Project Manager


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About Kathryn

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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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