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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 you would build a future.  When a too-good-to-turn-down business offer presented itself in Tauranga, Sarah and her family braved the move only to discover that the bright Bay of Plenty is actually a land of opportunity. 

Sarah, what was the catalyst that brought you to Tauranga at end of 2012? 

I had been working with Momentum Life Coaching & Training in Auckland for a few years, when I was offered the chance to establish a Momentum branch in Tauranga.  It was an amazing opportunity.  At the same time, my partner Dan got offered a position to play rugby for the Bay of Plenty Steamers – so it was fantastic timing.  Our daughter Bella was about to start school so we decided to make the move.   

You had a few hesitations though? 

We did have some reservations about living here because it was going to be a slower place of life. I've always been a city girl so I was not too sure how it would go.  I thought that I needed to be in Auckland to have the best opportunity for my future, but after moving here I can say that is definitely not the case! My first year in Tauranga has been fantastic both professionally and personally.

What has it been like setting up a business in Tauranga? 

Momentum Life Coaching & Training is New Zealand’s leading face-to-face life coach training school with facilities based in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Tauranga (I think I got the best deal!).  We deal with moving people from where they are now to where they ultimately want to be and we train life-coaches as well as coach individuals, couples.

Setting up a business here has been a breeze. It's been absolutely amazing. It's been great to meet the people who have been attracted to the course that we run and to see them make a difference in the community of Tauranga.

I love my office space here in Tauranga CBD. The fact that we were able to set up an affordable office right in the center of town is just amazing. It is something that I never would have been able to achieve in Auckland. It takes me 10 minutes to commute from the Mount to Tauranga city in the morning at ‘peak hour’ traffic!

The business community here in Tauranga has been really welcoming. I have joined a few networking groups, one which is Venus Network and I have absolutely loved it.  

How is the slower pace of life here working out for you? 

 Actually, it’s been good for me!   My Auckland life was pretty stressful and governed by the clock. Living here, it feels like you have more time to breathe and enjoy the small things - to enjoy time with my family all while living in a beautiful city. It is amazing.

We live 3 minutes from the beach at Mount Maunganui in a really family-friendly neighborhood. Our street has a lot of kids for our daughter to play with which has just been great. It's got a really wholesome feeling about it.  You see parents riding on bikes, or scooters with their kids going up to the shop. It's a nice feel.

How was the move been for your daughter? 

Bella absolutely loves living here. She has met a lot of new friends at Mt. Maunganui Primary School. The school is nice and small and it's got a real community feel about it, which is lovely for new families moving into the area.

Bella loves the beach and is nice to be able to actually run around the Mount with her, walk up the mount, explore new places around the Bay and go on little family adventures. We just love it!

Your advice to Aucklanders thinking of making the move to Tauranga?

There’s a lot of opportunity here for people, especially to set up a business and go out on your own.  I think there’s a lot more opportunity here than there is in Auckland because there’s more competition there.  If you’re seriously thinking about it, I do highly recommend it. It's like a breath of fresh air. Think about happy people, less stress and no traffic. That is what Tauranga is!  You’ll love 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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