Why choose Timaru District?

Kellie Daly - QA Manager, Farmers Mill 

Kellie Daly and family

Irish born Kellie Daly and her North Island husband Sam, were living in Australia when they decided to move back to NZ to settle with their 2-year-old son Jonah. They’ve now been in Timaru six months. 

“It’s like the best thing here – we love it! Timaru to us is like a little hidden gem.  It’s not too small, not too big, and quite family orientated. It’s got the mountains, the sea and the beach, a mix of everything, we couldn’t ask for more.

See more of Kellie and Sam's story on our new video for Timaru District, Our Story.


Matt Searles - Green Man Creative, Peel Forest, Geraldine

"I specialise in web, marketing and photography work.  We were looking for an area where we could keep our rural lifestyle have access to good facilities and business links, and Peel Forest was a great fit."


Thejs Pedersen, marine pilot, PrimePort 

"I’ve got a lot of good friends in Denmark and I always tell them that they have to come here and see it, because they will see the whole world in one place."


Chirag (Charlie) Makwana - Elizabeth Street Dairy owner

Originally from Gujarat, India, Chirag moved to Timaru about a year ago from Melbourne with his wife Mittal and daughter Angel, aged 7.

"I was looking for a bit of a quieter pace, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city so I can spend more time with the family and do the things that I like with family. Everything is five minutes away  … you jump in the car and before a song finishes you get where you want to go."


Matt Savage – Business Development Manager, Apex Environmental 

"Seven years ago we set up our environmental engineering firm in Timaru.  Because our business could be based anywhere in the country, we chose Timaru for the family lifestyle – great cafes, access to the mountains, the sea and the lakes. 

The Timaru District is, quite surprisingly to a lot of people, a bit of a quiet technology hub.  There’s a lot of R & D companies, here. There’s a huge support infrastructure here - for the type of industry we do there’s high tech support.  There’s some of the best automation people in the country here that we work with and there’s a really high level of skill that is really conducive to us leading the level of business that we do.  There’s quite an interesting professional and technological culture to it as well as being a nice place to live."


David Cassidy - Managing Director, New Zealand Light Leathers

Cassidys fnal

"We moved because of a work opportunity to progress my career.  Now my commute to work is 4 minutes - 10 minutes if I stop for a hot chocolate on the way. Our whole family are loving living in Timaru; it’s easy to get around, provides everything we need including great schooling and we now wake to views of the snow-capped Southern Alps every morning. Overall Timaru is just a great place to live, work and raise a family."

Jeanine and David Cassidy, with daughters Erikah (from left), Jorgiana and Alexandra.

Jeanine Cassidy - Mum/Bra Fit Specialist

"We moved from Christchurch 18 months ago.  Our kids now have a safer, simpler lifestyle here, than in a big city.   It’s more affordable – we’ve embraced living in Timaru and we have got no regrets about moving here. We are now able to spend more time down in Otematata fishing and boating."


Paula Campbell - Compliance Coordinator, Mount Cook Alpine Salmon, Washdyke

Paula Campbell"My husband and I targeted Timaru District because of the career opportunities and for family reasons too.  We moved here two years ago from Hawkes Bay. Murray’s an engineering project manager for Fonterra, and I’m a food technologist so we wanted to live in an area with lots of career opportunities for both of us, and it’s certainly a great area for this.  

We love living in Geraldine – the smaller community is just right for our family.

When I was ready to get a job after we moved, I targeted businesses and door knocked, and now I’m working 20 hours a week at Mount Cook Alpine Salmon at Washdyke and that’s perfect for me and the family.  It’s nice to have the chance to work in a plant producing a premium natural product.  It’s more exciting because in a smaller business you get exposed to more areas in the business and more opportunities to contribute."

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