NPDC welcomes newcomers to our diverse District

25 July 2019

New Plymouth District’s legendary lifestyle is proving a drawcard for many and NPDC loves to make newcomers feel at home.

Our place has got good career opportunities, a great outdoor lifestyle, and a vibrant city life that still retains the charm of a small town – not to mention a hospitable attitude to our new neighbours.

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. If you are new, please come along and say hello.

Aucklanders Scott Johnson and Aleshia Bowman are among those who recently made the move to the district. The couple are in their 20s and were drawn to the district by the affordable lifestyle it offered 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,” Aleshia says.

Scott says the big drawcard for him was 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.

And 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,” adds Scott. 

“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.”

NPDC’s Welcome to the District event is a great opportunity to meet new people who have recently made the move to New Plymouth. You will learn a little more about local life with talks from Venture Taranaki and local community groups. All are welcome. 

Event details:
When: Tuesday 6 August 
Time: 5.15pm
Where: Council Chambers, NPDC Civic Centre
Cost: Free
RSVP: before 1 August. 
Nibbles and drinks provided

young couple holding a puppy and smiling on the coastal walkway