New Plymouth’s legendary lifestyle is proving to be a big a draw card for many, including a couple who like to surf, bike, climb and eat out.
Aucklanders Scott Johnston and Aleshia Bowman are among those who recently made the move to the New Plymouth and along with many others they will be officially welcomed to the district at an NPDC event next week.
The couple are in their 20s and Aleshia says they were drawn to the district by the affordable lifestyle it offers them.
“About six years ago Scott and I came to New Plymouth for a long weekend getaway.
“We climbed Paritutu, surfed, biked at Mangamahoe and ate some great food. On the way back home Scott said this is where he wanted to live, this is the lifestyle he wanted for us and so after a few years of travelling the world we have finally made the move down here.”
Scott says the big drawcard for him is the district’s fantastic lifestyle.
“Last Friday I finished at 4pm and was in the water surfing by 4.20pm with the mountain out as a backdrop.
“That’s opposed to sitting on the motorway, crawling in traffic trying to get across the bridge. New Plymouth’s Fridays are better Fridays than I am used to.”
Scott says another bonus is they can both have great careers in the thriving district. Aleshia is a pharmacist and Scott has recently started a building apprenticeship.
“Here I get to start a new career, one I am really passionate about,” he says.
“In Auckland I would have had to choose between saving for and servicing a mortgage or pursuing the career I wanted. Because the cost of living is lower here, it’s given me an opportunity to try something new, pursue my dream.”
A Welcome to the District event is being held on Tuesday August 6, at the NPDC Civic Centre to help new arrivals settle into the district.
Anyone who is new to the district is invited to come along and say hello.
The NPDC event is a great opportunity to meet new people who have recently made the move to New Plymouth, and learn a little more about local life.
There will be drinks and nibbles, talks from Venture Taranaki and local community groups, and everyone is welcome.
When: Tuesday 6 August
Where: Council Chambers, NPDC Civic Centre
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org before August 1.
Caption: New arrivals Scott Johnston and Aleshia Bowman, from Auckland, fell in love with the New Plymouth District’s lifestyle. All newcomers are invited to a Welcome to the District event on Tuesday, August 6.