Joanna and Richard Greaves moved their family of six from Tauranga to Joanna’s family farm in Opiki, Manawatu 18 months ago.

After living all over New Zealand from Hawke’s Bay to Queenstown, the couple were looking for a place they could continue growing their careers in agribusiness, while juggling and making the most of their busy family life.

“Living in Manawatu we get the best of both worlds,” says Joanna referring to their rural lifestyle in Manawatu district and fantastic career opportunities in Palmerston North. The couple say the education and schooling available in Palmerston North is some of the best they’ve come across in New Zealand, and an added bonus – Joanna can have all four children dropped at four different locations and be at her desk by 8.30am, easily.

Watch the full story to find out what moving to Manawatu has meant for the Greaves family.

We asked Joanna and Richard…

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

“We love Haru Japanese Restaurant, they have absolutely exquisite cuisine.”

What about to drink?

The Little White Rabbit in Foxton Beach for a cheeky Sunday drink.”

Favourite activities?

“Fishing or swimming at Foxton Beach, and mountain biking the various Manawatu trails.”

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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