Brad Barry and his family moved to Tasman district because it's his wife Julie's happy place.
With sons Ben, 7, and Noah, 5, playing on the trampoline in the front lawn of their Richmond home with the sprinkler that's supposed to be watering the potato patch, it's easy to see it is a good family place.
Tasman district has the highest rate of home ownership, according to the 2013 Census information.
The Barry family moved from Christchurch last year. They'd always wanted to move here and while the quakes were not the main reason they helped spur the decision.
"It's my wife's happy place," he said.
While he grew up in Feilding, she used to come to Tahunanui in the holidays and loved it.
"The weather is the main thing, it's sunny, and the outdoors."
Mr Barry, a records specialist, now has a mountainbike and they've been tramping in the Abel Tasman.
They initially rented but have now bought a two-bedroom house, even though they want three bedrooms, but it's home.
They looked at places to buy in Stoke but opted to stay in Richmond where Noah went from the nearby kindergarten to Henley School.
"It's a good place for kids," said Mr Barry.
He understands why Tasman has such a high home ownership rate. "People want to live here for the long term," he said.
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