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Take 2 minutes to get a feel for this beautiful country.http://youtu.be/NhnSsM40loA

Reading material

If you are interested in the history of New Zealand, the best book I read was “The Penguin History of New Zealand” by Michael King ISBN. 1459623754. This is also available on Kindle.

For young children: Try the Kapai the Kiwi series by Uncle Anzac e.g. Kapai’s New Mates or Kapai Bungy Jumps.

Also great for young children is the Hairy Maclary series starting with “Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy”, written by internationally acclaimed Kiwi author, Dame Linley Dodd.


My favourite is “Whale Rider” .  Get a quick preview here.

Obviously, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit give a wonderful insight into the magnificent scenery.


If you’re wondering where to settle and you haven’t yet checked out Tauranga and Mount Manganui, in fact the whole Bay of Plenty Region, give it a go.  Tauranga is a fast growing city with great schools, a Polytechnic and a University, easy access to many places by road (Auckland 2 hours, Rotorua and Coromandel about 1 hour), direct flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and a fabulous beach.  There is alos a wealth of great restaurants, bars and cafes. Employment-wise, there are far more oppportunities than you might think.  The local economic development agency, Priority One puts out a newsletter each month which will give you a good iea of what is happening and the industries that are seeking new expertise – here’s the lastest – Priority One March 2013 Newsletter  and if you missed it, here’s the previous one –  Priority One Newsletter February 2013 . 

You could also take a look at The Best of Tauranga (mainly for tourists, but interesting), or Tauranga City Council