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    Default Tauranga/Papamoa Beach

    Whats it like living here? weather, work oppos, schools etc?

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    It's awful, you'd hate it.

    (of course I may be saying that as eventually I don't want to be battling with you for a house)

    So far so good, although it has been described to me twice as a town of retirement homes joined by motorways. And there's a certain truth to that.

    The financial sector seems to be expanding here, and there are a fair few other offices as well, particularly in the engineering sector where I work. Really what you see is what you get with Papamoa, although critically the dunes mean that very very few people actually see anything of the ocean, which isn't what you'd expect. Club bike ride goes from the very tip of Papamoa to the Mount, and it's only the last 2k that you see the ocean.

    Plans are to expand to bigger than Hamilton by 2026, so go up to 150,000 people. Hence a lot of investment in road building at the moment. But no car parks, which seems a slight flaw in the plan as by 2021 then we'll have 15,000 people driving into the CBD without delay at rush hour then having meetings whilst circling the harbour......

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    can you expand on the financial sector quote? i cant see many jobs on seek or trademe?

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    Not really as it's not my area, but based on 'talk' and looking at the offices. Craigs Financial have their HQ here, and I was under the impression from the local paper that there were others around too. Mentioned it as I thought that was your area.

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    Central Tauranga - not Papamoa BTW

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    We've been in Tauranga 9 months now and love it! Yes I think it is known as the retirement place to be but there are still plenty of us "younger" people around!

    As for jobs - depends what you do/want. The hospital is expanding and there are always jobs going at the Poly and council. Trade me/seek is good but seems to me that as soon as they get someone suitable the job disappears off it.

    Schools are good - my boys have settled in very well and love the sport/outside way of life. They have made lots of friends and there last reports were very good.

    The Mount and beaches are brilliant. We love it that (away from the Mount about 2k) you can take the dog for a walk and on a busy day maybe see 5-10 people. So much different to the UK.

    We love Tauranga - come and join us! (I sound like one of those tourism adverts!!!!)

    Claire

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    Neil, those itchy feet of yours...

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    how long does it take to get from papamoa in rush hour to tauranga cbd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by victoria24 View Post
    how long does it take to get from papamoa in rush hour to tauranga cbd?
    I can answer this one!!! My husband and I live in Papamoa East almost at the end towards Te Puke and drive into Tauranga for work. On good days we can get to work in 20 minutes. As Duncan said, the only bottle-neck is the Bayfair roundabout, but its really not that bad. On average our commute is about 25 mins and really not bad at all. We don't mind it at all. We LOVE living in Papamoa, so quiet and peaceful. We're about a 5 minute walk to the beach and I love hearing the waves from inside the house. Papamoa is one of the fastest growing areas in the Tauranga area.

    I do agree with Duncan that there is a lack of parking options and it seems some of the infrastructure isn't keeping up with the growth, so hopefully they do some good planning and step things up and get that in order.

    I really enjoy the Tauranga area. Plenty of things to do if you want. Yes, there are some retirees in the area, but there are plenty of younger people around as well. The weather is fantastic!! I love the laid back attitude and beach atmosphere.

    I can't really speak on the job market or financial sektor...haven't been looking too much lately. I started part-time work as an office admin at the IT company my hubby works for. I'm a technical writer and didn't find much in that field, though I think there is a need for it here, so I may look into contract work. I found the online listings a bit limited as well, but this is a bit more of a word of mouth area as teamplayer said. My hubby hit the pavement and just sent his resume to all the IT companies he could find and stopped by in person to a few places. A recruiter got one of his resumes and actually got him into the company he is with now. He got his job within 2 weeks of looking.

    So to sum it up, I love this area and am quite happy living here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PonyGirl View Post
    So to sum it up, I love this area and am quite happy living here.
    We love it too--and are moving there in October. Can't wait!

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