The McMenamin family of five moved from Wellington to Feilding in January 2017, when Joe’s wife Sarah was offered a position at St John’s Anglican church.

In Wellington Joe had been a high school teacher for 14 years but their move to Feilding and the more affordable cost of living meant that he was able to pursue his dream of being a full-time artist.

Specialising in painting and print making, he opened a studio in Feilding’s CBD in 2017 and hasn’t looked back. His art extends beyond the four walls of his gallery and his large murals are now prominent features across several buildings in the town.

Watch the full story to find out what the McMenamin’s move to Manawatu has meant for their family.

We asked Joe…

What are your favourite spots to grab a bite to eat in Manawatu?

“A 5 course dinner at Amayjen Restaurant in Feilding.”

What about to drink?

“Coffee at Focal Point Cinema.”

What do you love to do?

“Family walks around Kitchener Park looking for Piwakawaka.”

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Manawatu Region

Facts & Figures

Total Population

119,600

Average House Price

$409,288

Average Weekly Rent

$315

Average Salary

$55,526

Parks & Reserves

196

Cafes & Restaurants

168