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Interview with Dave Baxter aka Avalanche City | The New Album, Becoming a Dad and Moving to Tauranga
20 February 2019
When Dave Baxter (aka Avalanche City) was a teenager living in Hamilton, he was drawn back to his childhood home of Tauranga to be part of the...
Managing Property Opportunities in Tauranga | Cameron Forlong of Veros Shares his Auckland to Tauranga Story
28 January 2019
Ready to start a family, Auckland couple, Cameron and Louise Forlong, began planning their move down to Tauranga in early 2017. Like many...
Megan Raynor of Brand Babes Studio on Being a Successful Creative in Tauranga
25 January 2019
Megan Raynor always thought of herself as 'a creative'. Growing up she was equally enamoured with art and writing, sometimes staging a nerdy...
Luke Schroder Returns to Bring Big Events to Tauranga
5 December 2018
Luke Schroder believes that Tauranga could become the events capital of New Zealand.  And, he's doing his part to make it happen. ...
Sue Farrell - Tauranga, the Arts and Finding My Way
20 November 2018
When she was growing up, HR manager, Sue Farrell, wanted to be a children's book illustrator.  Art was in her blood and she took it...
Debs Mullaney of Little Minx Photography | My Move to Tauranga
9 October 2018
Auckland-raised, Debs Mullaney, fell in love with her first baby and photography at the same time.  After taking thousands of photos on her film...
HR Specialist Tani Hansen - On Leaving Hamilton and the Skills Shortage in Tauranga
28 June 2018
Based in Hamilton, Tani Hansen and her family decided it was time to experience life by the sea. They considered Auckland, Wellington, Whakatane and...
Adventure and Freedom at the Heart of Tauranga Move | Ciska de Jong of NZ Adventures
20 June 2018
Ciska de Jong is an ex-Aucklander who has fallen in love with Tauranga, her new home. She’s an adventure seeker, so it’s no surprise that...
Brenda Johnston Brings Auckland Flair to New Mount Maunganui 'Compose Art Gallery'
24 May 2018
Having grown up in Kawerau, Brenda Johnston has always considered herself a Bay girl, despite putting her roots down in Auckland for 25...
Kirstin Mead on the Airforce, Antarctica, Afghanistan and Supporting Innovation in Tauranga
26 April 2018
Fresh out of high school, small town Waikato girl, Kirstin Mead, decided she wanted to see the world, so she signed up to join the Royal New Zealand...
The Good Buzz Kombucha Family's Big Business Move to Tauranga
14 December 2017
Alex and Amber Campbell and their three children - the family behind GoodBuzz Beverage Co - are on a mission to take Kombucha out of the fringes and...
Radio Royalty, Grant Hislop, on New Beginnings in Tauranga
28 November 2017
Photo credit: Erin McKenzie, www.stoppress.co.nz After making a name for himself as one of New Zealand’s leading influencers in the music...
Sydney Family Moves to Tauranga, Buys Business | Deborah Rose's Sea-Change Story
13 October 2017
Deborah Rose headed to Sydney in 2007, intending on a two-year OE.  Nearly a decade later, she was an established Sydney-sider and had collected...
Osteopath, Nicky Smyth, on Her Auckland to Tauranga Career Move
12 July 2017
After eleven years in Auckland, Nicky and James Smyth found the cost-of-living in Auckland so frustratingly high they became desparate to make a bid...
TV Producer Debbie Griffiths Returns Home to Tauranga and Finds it a Changed City
1 July 2017
You may not know Debbie Griffiths, but you'd probably recognise her voice. Following a wonderful upbringing in Tauranga, Debbie left home in...
Lisa Lowe Moves to Tauranga, Brings Vegepod to New Zealand
26 May 2017
For years, Lisa Lowe and her husband, Andy, wanted to move to Tauranga. They planned it, discussed it, dreamt about it, but something always held...
David Altena | Building a House and Life in Tauranga
11 April 2017
In Auckland, David and Katrina Altena lived to work. They were spending a third of their income on the mortgage, up to two thousand dollars a month...
Paul Cousins | From Concrete Jungle to Kiwifruit Orchard
30 March 2017
Paul Cousin's life is nothing if not diverse. He was born in Wellington and raised in Masterton. He became a teenager in Christchurch and a...
Software Development and Self-Sufficiency | Roland Rich’s Auckland to Tauranga Story
1 March 2017
Auckland couple, Roland and Karen Rich, always dreamed about moving to the country. Entire road trips would be filled with talk of rural living, but...
Financial Advisor Enjoys Career + Lifestyle | Katie Douglas-Clifford's Tauranga Tale
22 February 2017
After several years in Sydney, Katie Douglas-Clifford and her husband, James, were drawn back to New Zealand. Having spent nearly every summer...
Nick McDonald of Trade With Precision | Running a Global Business from Tauranga
16 February 2017
Ever since he was a nineteen-year-old earning minimum wage on his OE in London, Nick McDonald has been hugely motivated by people telling him what he...
Aidan Lett on Digital Innovation and Finding Work/Family Balance in Tauranga
13 February 2017
Aidan Lett grew up in Epsom back in the days when owning a quarter-acre section was a realistic goal. In Auckland. Today, this is no longer the...
Successful Fantasy Fiction Author Moves to Mount Maunganui | Russell Meek's Sea-Change Story
8 February 2017
Russell Meek’s life is as fascinating as the fantasy fiction he creates. Inspired by the soundtrack to a Scorsese film, Russell left Auckland...
David Bell of Oriens Capital on Investing in the Regions | A Tauranga Sea-change Story
25 January 2017
David Bell, CFO of Oriens Capital, talks about moving home to New Zealand, choosing a new life in Tauranga and investing in the regions. When...
Finding The Sweet Spot in Tauranga | An Ex-Auckland Corporate Shares His Story
11 January 2017
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Successful corporate professionals in Auckland often assume moving to Tauranga means accepting a trade-off of lower income for a...
There And Back Again | The Homecoming Tale of Royce & Amber Sharplin
28 October 2016
Royce Sharplin and his wife, Amber, grew up in Tauranga and ever since graduating from university, have wanted to return. However the job market in...
Andrew Wilson | Happy, Fit & Healthy in Tauranga
3 October 2016
After living in Auckland for 13 years, Andrew Wilson was thrilled to return to Mount Maunganui in 2015, armed with his outdoor fitness franchise,...
Nicki Sunderland | My Auckland to Tauranga Sea-Change
16 September 2016
It was the house prices that initially got Nicki Sunderland and her husband, Ross, interested in moving to Tauranga. The summer holidays caught them...
Louise Blakely | Hooked on Tauranga
31 August 2016
Louise Blakely’s desire to run a full-time business from the comfort of her own home was the catalyst to moving her family from Dunedin to...
My New Beginning in Tauranga | Shannon Rattey
7 June 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Behind every sea-change story we tell on this website there is a personal story with both push and pull factors at play. Crisis...
Mt Maunganui Honeymoon Leads to Permanent Sea-Change
23 May 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Morwenna Tutt, thought she would never leave Auckland. But after getting married in Tauranga and honeymooning in Mount Maunganui...
Christchurch Couple Find Safe New Ground in Tauranga
16 May 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL After living through the trauma of the Christchruch earthquakes, Kate and Casey Wilkes, retreated to Auckland in search of stable...
Kylie DellaBarca Steel | For the Love of Community
25 April 2016
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Kylie DellaBarca Steel, and her husband Anton Steel, only ever intended to live in Tauranga for two years. However, between...
Ex-Auckland Film Director Leads Bay of Plenty Film Collective to a Bright Future
21 April 2016
Anton Steel’s wish list was straightforward when his wife Kylie DellaBarca Steel suggested they make a sea-change from Auckland to the Bay of...
Modowest Couple Enjoy National Business + Tauranga Lifestyle
23 March 2016
Thinking outside the square and making their dream happen is how Dave Roberts and Katherine Harris moved their life and business from Auckland to...
Family of Four Boys Living the Dream in Tauranga
11 March 2016
“From what I can tell Tauranga is in growth mode which means there are plenty of opportunities for people. It seems everyone we’ve met...
Doug and Beth's Story | Move to Tauranga - BYO Job
23 February 2016
When Aucklander’s Doug and Beth thought about how they wanted life to be for their family in ten years time, they knew they needed to get onto...
Loving the Laidback Lifestyle in Tauranga
15 February 2016
Melanie Stevenson lived in Auckland for over a decade, but Tauranga - the city of her childhood - always felt like home.  In this piece she...
Everything Is Easier in Tauranga | Richard & Kat
25 January 2016
Kat Jensen and Richard Smart were sold on Tauranga when they realised that with the money they got from selling their North Shore home they could buy...
Emma Batts | Heartfelt Kitchen Blogger Finds 'The Good Life' in Tauranga
14 December 2015
By KATHRYN OVERALL After growing up in central Auckland, young married couple, Nathan and Emma Batts, had spent only six months settling into a...
Family Tauranga Move Good for Body and Soul
28 October 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Jenny Barrow feels blessed to have grown up in Tauranga, but like most people of her generation, left Tauranga for university...
Top Tips for Aucklanders Applying for Tauranga Jobs
15 October 2015
Ready to make the move from Auckland to Tauranga? Jill Cachemaille of The Staffroom recruitment agency in Tauranga is...
Moving from Auckland to Tauranga? Meet 'The Sociables'
14 September 2015
Are you new to Tauranga?   Or thinking about making the big move down from Auckland for a better lifestyle?   When you are settling...
French-Born Entrepreneur Inspires Innovation in Tauranga
31 August 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL French-Born Tauranga Entrepreneur Inspires Innovation "It is a hard road being an entrepreneur. You need more than...
5 Things Auckland Women Should Know About Starting A Business in Tauranga
15 August 2015
Thinking about starting your own business when you move to Tauranga? You certainly wouldn’t be the first!   It’s my pleasure to...
Moving to Tauranga? Join This Co-Working Space
8 August 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL Thinking of starting your own business when you move to Tauranga?   You wouldn't be the first. In case you hadn't...
Auckland Couple Sell Up for Tauranga Dream
21 May 2015
BY KATHRYN OVERALL  Craig Sims and Shelley Leach have wanted to move from Auckland to Tauranga for years now.   I...
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...
Auckland to Tauranga - Sarah Lanigan's Story
31 January 2014
Raised on the North Shore of Auckland, Sarah Lanigan had always thought of Tauranga as a beautiful place to holiday but not the sort of city where...
Tauranga - First Home Buyers Heaven
20 December 2013
Andy & Megan Howells were bored with Hamilton after having studied and worked there for seven years. Following the scent of the ocean and the...
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