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Caio and Yago: Two Brazilian Brothers Finding a Home in Te Puke

Caio and Yago: Two Brazilian Brothers Finding a Home in Te Puke

30 April 2018

There's something about flying to the other side of the world with a sibling that makes it all a little less scary, so when Yago Vendramim decided to study in New Zealand for a year, older brother Caio decided to head along as well. The...

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One Thai Family's Annual Study Holiday in Tauranga

One Thai Family's Annual Study Holiday in Tauranga

16 April 2018

Ever since first laying eyes on Tauranga, the Phansaichua family has been completely enthralled. After their eldest child Irene first discovered the delights of Tauranga on a study exchange in 2014, the Thai family – made up...

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Salman Al Qahtani, the Saudi Surfer Breaking Stereotypes in Tauranga

Salman Al Qahtani, the Saudi Surfer Breaking Stereotypes in Tauranga

5 April 2018

Eighteen-year-old Salman Al Qahtani's warmth is obvious from the moment you meet him. A positive young man with a zest for life, Salman came to Tauranga from Saudi Arabia to study English knowing only how to say 'yes' and...

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Chinese Student Sky Ma Embraces Change in Tauranga

Chinese Student Sky Ma Embraces Change in Tauranga

21 March 2018

Chinese student Ziqi “Sky” Ma epitomises embracing the culture and experience of living in a new country. Despite a lonely start spending hours trying to crack the English language, Sky has grown, evolved and matured into an incredibly...

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Ella and Vegard: Two Norwegian Sports Stars Taking Whakatane by Storm

Ella and Vegard: Two Norwegian Sports Stars Taking Whakatane by Storm

13 March 2018

Norway and New Zealand - they are two distinct countries on opposite hemispheres, but parallels can be drawn. They both have similar population sizes and boast some of the world's best scenery, complete with fjords, glaciers and gorgeous national...

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JAPANESE STUDENT SOPHIE IWAKIRI'S TRANSFORMATION IN KATIKATI

JAPANESE STUDENT SOPHIE IWAKIRI'S TRANSFORMATION IN KATIKATI

22 January 2018

There is no uncertainty in Sophie Iwakiri’s voice when she declares that she will change the education system in Japan. The eighteen-year-old exudes confidence; she is bubbly, happy and self-assured. The world is hers and she can’t wait to...

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MILANA JOBBAGY: THE JOYS OF BEING A GRANNY AU PAIR IN TAURANGA

MILANA JOBBAGY: THE JOYS OF BEING A GRANNY AU PAIR IN TAURANGA

15 January 2018

When recently retired Austrian woman Milana Jobbagy discovered Granny Au Pair, she was over the moon. “People think only young girls can live with a family in a new country. Granny Au Pair is a great opportunity.” This adventurous...

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DAVID ZENCOMINIERSKI: GERMAN STUDENT DISCOVERS TAURANGA IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO STUDY THE SEA

DAVID ZENCOMINIERSKI: GERMAN STUDENT DISCOVERS TAURANGA IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO STUDY THE SEA

8 January 2018

After leaving his hometown of Igling in Bavaria, Germany to backpack around New Zealand in 2014, David Zencominierski quickly realised that one year was not long enough in New Zealand. With only a few months left on his working holiday visa, David...

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THE JUNGS: SOUTH KOREAN FAMILY THRILLED WITH LIFE IN TAURANGA

THE JUNGS: SOUTH KOREAN FAMILY THRILLED WITH LIFE IN TAURANGA

1 January 2018

Mount Primary students Irene and Ryan Jung have schedules that most Kiwi families would call busy, but for this South Korean family there is plenty of time for fun. Back home, parents Sumee and Young worked all hours of the day and had little time to...

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THAI INTERMEDIATE STUDENT DANA STAMENKOVIC SLIDES INTO LIFE AT TAURANGA INTERMEDIATE

THAI INTERMEDIATE STUDENT DANA STAMENKOVIC SLIDES INTO LIFE AT TAURANGA INTERMEDIATE

18 December 2017

Dana grew up in Thailand with a Thai mother and a Serbian father. Her looks are ambiguous and intriguing; her fluent English has British intonations; her surname is Serbian. You’d be forgiven for being unsure where she is from. After two...

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PRABHJOT NARULA: INDIAN STUDENT GOES FROM PAMPERED GIRL TO INDEPENDENT WOMAN IN TAURANGA

PRABHJOT NARULA: INDIAN STUDENT GOES FROM PAMPERED GIRL TO INDEPENDENT WOMAN IN TAURANGA

11 December 2017

You wouldn’t believe it to meet her, but Prabhjot claims to have been a spoilt young lady back in India. “I was a pampered kid! I was a cry baby. I used to complain about every little thing. I needed to change my personality.” She...

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TEVITA BANUVE: FROM FIJIAN STUDENT TO TAURANGA TEACHER

TEVITA BANUVE: FROM FIJIAN STUDENT TO TAURANGA TEACHER

4 December 2017

Tevita Banuve is a gentle giant - a rubgy sevens-playing young man with a soft-spoken manner and a heart of gold. His parents urged Tevita to leave his home nation of Fiji as a teenager in order to pursue a Kiwi education. While it was quite an...

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