Gore/Eastern Southland Newcomers Network

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Gore is the gateway to Southland’s rural heartland and offers an ideal base from which to explore all that the region has to offer. Gore is readily accessible by main highways from Dunedin, Invercargill, Te Anau, Queenstown and Alexandra. 2 hours to snow skiing, trout fishing, sea fishing, adventure capital of NZ, Fiordland National Park, vintage aircraft restoration, premier wine growing areas.

The Eastern Southland Newcomers Group meets weekly for coffee, & other activities & events from time to time, please join us, we would love to meet you!

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Our Coordinator: Mihaela

Hi, my name is Mihaela, I am the Newcomers Network Coordinator for Eastern Southland. I was born in Romania, Baia Mare, a town in the northern part of the country called Maramures, a beautiful place filled with history and legends. When I was 5 years old my parents moved to Transylvania, were I was brought up ,went to school ,got married and the place were all my three children Alexandru,Madalina and Indra were born. I worked as a tour guide after graduating high school, leading tourists to the most exiting historical places that Transylvania had to offer. After I become a mother I started working as a teacher at the German Primary school in my hometown Medias for several years before taking up a position as a logisticsofficer with a Romanian-Austrian freight company.

In 2004 my husband and I decided to leave the country as Romania was going through a lot of economical and political difficulties. Romania was a communist country for 45 years and the revolution in 1989 which brought much awaited freedom for Romanian citizens, did not bring the prosperity and equal chances that we were all hoping for.

We chose New Zealand as our new home, hoping to give our children a better future and better opportunities in a growing country. We were very sad to leave extended family behind, but also came full of hopes for a new live and new opportunities.

We found New Zealand to be a very welcoming country and even if adapting to our new lifestyle and new surroundings was sometime quit difficult, we did have the support of very warm and welcoming people like neighbours or working colleges that were happy to show us around and invite us for kiwi Barbeques or roast dinners. Our children made friends really easy and in a couple of years we found ourselves settled in New Zealand.

I am very happy to be the Newcomers Coordinator for Eastern Southland & look forward to helping you overcome the challenges of settling into this area, to help you maintain your own culture and embrace the kiwi culture and the New Zealand way of life.

Join our Newcomers group to find out what is going on in Eastern Southland, we look forward to meeting you!

Contact Gore/Eastern Southland Newcomers Network

Phone: 03 2088 480

1 Charlton Lane
Gore 9710

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