What is your role?
I am based in Rotorua, but my team is in Auckland. I am a Payroll Team Leader for Deloitte Payroll primarily whilst working on some payroll projects with the Tax & Private teams in my “spare” time.
How long have you been in Rotorua?
I moved down here in August 2016.
Where did you relocate from?
Born and bred West Aucklander, I became sick of the daily commute and rising house prices.
How long does it take to commute to work?
We leave home at 8:15, drop both kids at school and I’m at my desk by 8:30.
How did you find settling into Rotorua?
We settled in remarkably well. The kids settled into their new schools without any problems and the Rotorua office is full of awesome and welcoming people.
Did you move alone or with family? Any challenges?
With my 14 year old son and 7 year old daughter. The biggest challenge so far is missing the rest of our whanau and friends.
What do you love about Rotorua? Like the least?
Rotorua is a beautiful city with so many amazing places on our front doorstep. The bush, lake and so many attractions. In regards to the housing market, you get more bang for your buck. Least would be that I miss my Auckland team, friends and whanau.
What have you enjoyed most in your time so far?
Being able to spend more time with my kids. Without having to leave the house at 7:00am and arrive home at 7:00pm (like in Auckland). I now have about 2 hours a day extra to spend with them. You can’t buy time.
Is there anything that you’ve experienced that wasn’t quite what you expected?
The “isolation” has taken a while to get used to. Everyone I have ever really known is in Auckland, however I don’t regret it at all.
The culture change took a while to get used to also. Life in Rotorua is a not as “full-on”, this translates to everything and everyone in Rotorua.
Any hints or tips for anyone who is thinking of moving to Rotorua?
- If you are moving here for the lifestyle – do it. You can have your cake and eat it too, live the dream without having to sacrifice your career.
- If you are moving with children – make the conversation open and honest. My children have been a part of the decision right from the beginning.
- Research and talk to others that live in the city or have made a move to a smaller city, as there can be many things you don’t consider when moving. I would be happy to talk to anyone considering the move.
- Once you have moved, get out and explore the city, it truly is a beautiful city with so much history. I have joined a few groups/clubs.