I always say that Waipu choose me as I did not make a conscious decision to immigrate to New Zealand. It happened more as part of the ebb and flow of just accepting the direction being offered. It all started merely as a holiday to visit my recently immigrated sister and her family in Amberley, South Island. Just before I left on that holiday of a lifetime I was made redundant for the fourth time so I decided to extend my trip for as long as I could.
My travels brought me to a friend's brother who had settled in Whangarei. He introduced me to Waipu and some new young businesses there. One of which offered me a holiday job. But it did not take long for me to fall in love with the Waipu Community and the good, supportive people here. Within a month of living in Waipu I realized I wanted to stay. So I applied for and was granted residency and now I'm here to stay.
In February 2009 I attended my NZ Citizenship ceremony and am now the proud owner of a Kiwi passport.
- Corralie February, 2009