When Desaree Borrie left the South Taranaki town of Hawera in the mid 1990s to attend university, she never expected that she would one day return to Taranaki. But 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.
“We found ourselves back in Taranaki last year, even though when I left I had no intention of ever coming back to the region,” Desaree says.
“New Plymouth has so much to offer. For its size it has great cafes, restaurants and designer stores, and the events are amazing. The annual WOMAD festival and the TSB Festival of Lights are favourites so far.”
“Real estate prices are actually affordable here, it’s easy to get around, and taking a longer term view New Plymouth will be a fantastic place to raise a family.”
Desaree is a recruitment Advisor with the Taranaki District Health Board, and enjoys helping others discover how great Taranaki is as a place to live and work.
“It’s great – I get to work with other people relocating to Taranaki. Finally seeing them arrive in New Plymouth and start their new jobs and lives here is very inspiring.”
“I would really recommend the lifestyle in Taranaki. There are no long commutes, you can walk everywhere, and there is a lot on offer, from free concerts in Pukekura Park to world renowned major events. I am a huge concert goer so it’s great that Taranaki attracts such big acts to the area.
“The beaches are also amazing. Despite my husband’s encouragement I’m not a surfer, but there’s still a lot to do here. I’m studying full time towards a Diploma of Maori Language in the evenings Te Ataarangi Maori at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) – something I never thought I’d be able to do in the bigger cities – and exploring much more of Mount Taranaki is on my to do list.”
“It’s just a fantastic place to live, and I’m really glad I moved back to Taranaki.”