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Whether it’s enjoying the tastes of Te Puke, the ‘Kiwifruit Capital of the World’, shopping in downtown Tauranga; the sights of Katikati, ‘New Zealand’s Mural Town’ or spending time relaxing at Waihi Beach, or Mount Maunganui Beach, some of the District’s many tranquil coastal havens, the Western Bay offers something for everyone.

The Western Bay of Plenty Newcomers group meets for coffee every Wednesday at the Tauranga Historic Village, and at many other events around the region, please join us, we would love to meet you!

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Coordinator - Janet

Janet - Tauranga Newcomers Network

Hi. I am Janet Smith and I’m the co-ordinator of the Western Bay of Plenty Newcomers Network.

I moved to the “sunny” Bay of Plenty in 2008 with my husband Derek. We are still really enjoying living so close to some of the best beaches in New Zealand. The highlight of my week is usually the regular Sunday morning swim with some of my new friends at the Hot Pools in Mount Maunganui, followed by coffee or lunch in one of the cafes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. What a hard life!!

We still have family members, including our son, living & working in England so I have found it easy to understand & empathise with newcomers who are experiencing different settlement issues, including social isolation.

I look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to some of our fun activities. There’s no need for anyone to feel isolated and lonely.

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