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Case Studies
Reconnecting with the Kiwi dream - the Willson Family
The Willson family moved from Wellington to Opunake, creating the perfect lifestyle to raise their family. Read more...

Thriving in every sense - the O’Connor family
Rodney and Jessie O’Connor always felt Taranaki would be a good place to raise a family, but it wasn’t until they reached that stage in life that they began to seriously assess the opportunities that the region offered, particularly in contrast to Auckland. Read more...

More than a mortgage – Fiona Blakeley and Jason Reynolds
In November 2016 Fiona Blakeley and Jason Reynolds traded the pace of Auckland for the rural lifestyle of Waverley in South Taranaki, and have slotted into a welcoming community and a wonderful lifestyle. Read more...

I don’t want to be anywhere else!
Claire had never been to New Plymouth when her husband found a job there, but after they started researching Taranaki they loved what they saw. Read more...

The lifestyle beats everything – Lisa Berndt
The biggest change has been the lifestyle opportunities that moving to Taranaki has opened up. Read more...

The discovery of a lifetime – Jessica Parker and Mike Miners
Living in the UK and Europe, Jessica Parker always knew she wanted to return to New Zealand one day, but it was with the birth of their first son that the pull back to New Zealand became a lot stronger. Read more...

Time to be athlete and accountant - Jed Eden
Jed Eden's definition of work-life balance in Taranaki teams accountant and world-class athlete. Read more...

Meant to be - Mariana Melo
When Mariana Melo first arrived in 2005 the only things she knew about New Zealand were that it was safer than her native Brazil, and the address of a backpackers in Auckland. Read more...

A hidden gem – Nigel Henderson
For Nigel Henderson it was really only a matter of time before he settled in Taranaki. Read more...

South Taranaki Youth to Work Awards 2015
South Taranaki is alive with opportunity, as this look at the nominees for the 2015 South Taranaki Youth to Work Awards demonstrates. This video demonstrates the wide range of career opportunities available for young people in South Taranaki. Read more...

The lifestyle is awesome - Sean Maskill
Sean Maskill moved to Taranaki from Christchurch in February 2015, choosing the region’s lifestyle as the perfect backdrop for his first job. Read more...

Returning to a legendary lifestyle – Micah and Greg Lindsay-Brown
Ten years ago, Micah and Greg Lindsay-Brown met on a blind date in New Plymouth, and things clicked – they were soon married before jetting off overseas to represent New Zealand in beach volleyball tournaments around the globe. Read more...

Love this place – Dave Pope
Two years ago Londoner Dave Pope arrived in Taranaki on New Year’s Eve, following love. Now the girl, and the region, are firmly ensconced in his heart. Read more...

The days seem 30 hours long here - Leandro Fossa
A 1-year career break has turned into a lifestytle love-affair for Leandro Fossa Read more...

Safely home - The Kilian Family
The desire for a safer life drew Oswald and Tania Kilian’s family to New Zealand,and they’ve built a new life by the sea. Read more...

Like winning the jackpot – Babette Khilan
Babette Khilan fell in love first with a Kiwi, then with his home town, and is now fully committed to Taranaki’s legendary lifestyle. Read more...

Proving the grass is greener for good reason – The Callebaut Family
Tonya and Gerard Callebaut made the move to Taranaki from Cape Town, South Africa in 2007, having avoided the lure of Australia. Read more...

A well-kept secret – Daniel ‘Chuck’ Norris
Daniel ‘Chuck’ Norris came home to New Zealand with his partner Laura in April 2014, but not to his native Tauranga. Read more...

A fantastic place to settle down – Danielle Young
Danielle Young left Taranaki for Perth almost four years ago, seeking a lifestyle change. Now, with partner Scott Rathgen and baby Rory, she has returned to New Plymouth where it “just feels right” to raise their family. Read more...

A reason to come here - Jan Franklin
Jan Franklin visited Taranaki while on holiday from the UK in 1999 and 2003, though recalls the places seemed like a bit of a ghost town. It wasn’t until she moved to New Zealand permanently in 2005 that the region’s charms became apparent. Read more...

Taking a step back - The Carroll Family
While arriving at your first day at a new job to find a cow in the driveway might phase most Londoners, for Patrick Carroll it’s just another exciting aspect of his new life in Taranaki. Read more...

Returning home to Te Maunga – The Capper Family
Wayne Capper is one of a growing number of people returning to Taranaki to give their kids the upbringing they fondly remember. Read more...

Loving the peace – Debbie Taplin
When Debbie Taplin opened an engineering magazine in 2005, she saw two adverts – one for the Worcestershire County Council and the other was for New Zealand. Read more...

Home sweet home – The Markhams
Growing up in the shadow of Mount Taranaki left such an indelible mark on Leighton and Duchesne Markham that they just couldn’t stay away. Read more...

The place to be: Derek Stevens and Hazel Kidner
In 2013, Derek Stevens and partner Hazel Kidner made the move to Taranaki from Adelaide, Australia, after having wanted to live the Kiwi lifestyle for years. Read more...

Finding the perfect lifestyle: Marcia Haigh and Matthew Millard
Regular visitors to New Zealand Marcia Haigh and Matthew Millard shifted from the UK in search of a new lifestyle. When they didn’t find exactly what they wanted in Auckland, they took a drive to Taranaki. Read more...

Finding a new world - Sarah Lee
So in 1999 Sarah came to New Zealand from London to visit a friend living in Auckland, and rushed home to pack up everything and make a more permanent move. It took her a few more years to find Taranaki, but she's glad she did. Read more...

All the right reasons - the Cameron Family
Jamie Cameron grew up in Taranaki and left first for his OE, then came back to play rugby, then left again to further his career. Now he’s back, along with his wife and two children, and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Read more...

We’re not in Kansas anymore – The Ellington Family
A visit to New Zealand was always on the Ellington family’s ‘bucket list’ but their keen sense of adventure brought them to Taranaki from Kansas City, Kansas for much more than a holiday. Read more...

A great place to raise children – the Lewis Family
Charlie Lewis and his family, wife Natasha and kids Sammy, Daniel and Calum, swapped sides to New Zealand in April 2012, first to Wellington, and a year later to Taranaki. Coming from Solihull, West Midlands, in the UK, the family has since grown with the addition of Elise. Read more...

We fell in love with the place - the McCallums
The McCallum family were only meant to be in Taranaki for a year... Read more...

Almost perfect - Tanima Misra
For Tanima Misra the move from Bombay to Taranaki was perfect apart from the lack of Bollywood films. Read more...

Enjoying Taranaki - Pallak Singh
Pallak Singh didn’t know Taranaki existed before finding a job there but a few seconds on Google convinced her it was the place to be. Read more...

Relishing their new lifestyle - the Tyson family
The Tyson family - Richard, Joanna and their four children aged 3 to 16 – were looking for a lifestyle change, and found it in Taranaki. Read more...

Underground but a world away - the Butturini family
Ian Butturini swapped a job as a project engineer on the London Underground for a position as a project coordinator in Taranaki’s oil and gas sector, getting a lifestyle he'd dreamt of. Read more...

The perfect spot to enjoy the good life - Rodney Hosking & Rachel Church
At first glance a love of New Zealand wine and the Rugby World Cup may not have much in common, but for one London couple these were the catalysts for making the move to Taranaki. Read more...

Loving the endless honeymoon – Rebecca and Mike Maxim
While many might be inclined to ease into married life, Rebecca and Mike Maxim moved to Taranaki just days after getting married. Read more...

Inspired by the legendary landscape - Wayne McDonald
Wayne McDonald arrived in New Zealand in August 2012, attracted to the country’s stability, safety and environment. Read more...

Everything you could want and more - the Maddoxes
When Dawn and Lawrie Maddox got back to the UK after a month touring around New Zealand, it wasn’t long before they decided to move back to the antipodes permanently. Read more...

Bringing global skills to Taranaki - Stuart Heighway
London-based Stuart Heighway didn’t even know Taranaki existed before he stopped at the Taranaki stand at last year’s London Opportunities New Zealand expo. Now, he's a passionate advocate of region’s opportunities. Read more...

A brighter future in Taranaki - Ashleigh Jury and Trent Murray
Growing up in South Taranaki gave Ashleigh Jury and Trent Murray an insight into life in the region, so when it was time to buy a house and build a future it was an easy choice to return to the province. Read more...

So much to do - Rosie Smiley
The lack of an ice hockey league is about the only drawback of Rosie Smiley’s new life in Taranaki. Read more...

Really happy in Taranaki - the Walls family
Swapping sides from Auckland to Taranaki enabled Scott Walls to get the best of everything – a great promotion, and an even better lifestyle. Read more...

Swap sides winner takes home a slice of Taranaki surf culture
When Martino Nenda was looking to move out of earthquake-torn Christchurch, he signed up to Venture Taranaki’s Swap Sides website, and has taken home a custom surfboard as a result. Read more...

Inspiring Energy Recruitment
Siblings Aidan Stoate and Amy Richardson looked around the world for a destination for their new business. The chose Taranaki. Read more...

Living La Bella Vita
While many people might question the decision to swap the vibrant and historical city of Rome for laid-back coastal New Plymouth, Valter Benvegnu has done just that, and has achieved a better and less stressful lifestyle in the process. Read more...

Swap Sides Competition Winners: The Aitkenheads
A lucky Auckland family was treated to a luxury weekend in Taranaki as part of Venture Taranaki’s Swap Sides campaign. Read more...

Employer showcase: ITL
ITL are a progressive Taranaki company providing great engineering design and build solutions for industry. Read more...

A great work-life balance - Ross Benton
After travelling to New Zealand eight years ago, Control Systems Engineer Ross Benton liked the place so much, he thought he’d come back permanently. Read more...

We love the place! - Clive Oates
Maintenance Manager Clive Oates moved to New Zealand in March 2007 to ultimately spend more time with his family and enjoy a better life. Read more...

Taranaki is a region with everything one would want! - Paul Stewart
Originally from Scotland, Paul Stewart moved to New Zealand to join Ballance as Senior Process Engineer Read more...

It's fantastic! Jo & Chris Neal
While landing in Taranaki was less a case of them choosing the region and more a case of the region choosing them – through finding jobs there – Joanna and Chris Neal don’t want to live anywhere else. Read more...

Wish we'd moved here sooner! Strydom family
Johan Strydom wanted his kids to grow up in a home that didn’t need burglar bars on the windows and had a green landscape full of possibilities. He ticked both boxes – and more – in Taranaki, New Zealand. Read more...

Wanted Down Under - Cummings family
When it comes to swapping to the other side of the world, it’s often said that you can never do enough research. One family that recently made the move to Taranaki had a perfect opportunity for research – as the subject of the BBC’s Wanted Down Under show. Read more...

More space, freedom and time - Kevin Glynn
Kevin and his family came to New Zealand to find the lifestyle they really wanted, and found it in Taranaki. Read more...

How soon can you get here?
Follow the story of five UK residents and their families who chose to swap sides to Taranaki, New Zealand. Read more...

The chance to fulfil our dreams - Steve Bowden
Steve Bowden and his family came to New Zealand for the chance to fulfil their dreams. Read more...

Lots to see and do - Kelly Pettit
Taranaki District Health Board ED Medical Officer Kelly Pettit talks about his outside activities in Taranaki and New Zealand. Read more...

Life in Taranaki - Dr Ian Ternouth
Dr Ian Ternouth talks about moving to Taranaki, his role with the Taranaki District Health Board, the community, training and development and events in Taranaki. Read more...

Moving to Taranaki - Jenny Henderson
Jenny Henderson talks about moving to Taranaki from Australia. Read more...

A breath of fresh air - Alun James
Alun James left Auckland for Taranaki with his wife and three young sons in 2006, and hasn’t looked back. Read more...

The perfect balance between relaxation and recreation – Pieter du Plessis
Pieter du Plessis moved to Auckland from South Africa in 2006, but before long started looking for a more relaxed lifestyle. He found it in Stratford, Taranaki. Read more...

A great place to call home - Desaree Borrie
After living in Auckland, Vancouver, London, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton, Desaree and her husband Steve have finally found a place to call home in New Plymouth. Read more...

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