The wide-open spaces of Tuatapere have appealed to a New York City doctor wanting to further his medical experience.
Dr Marc Levin has been working in the Tuatapere Medical Centre for the past two weeks after taking up a six-month appointment in the Western Southland town.
Dr Levin said he wanted to do something new, in a more rural setting. After several interviews throughout the country, Tuatapere was the town that spoke to him.
"It's nice to be able to spread myself around after living in the small spaces that New York City offers its citizens.
"The sky is so wide and blue here, the days are so long and the people are so welcoming and friendly. Tuatapere feels like the right place for me to be."
Dr Levin, who qualified as a doctor more than 12 years ago, supervised and lectured student doctors in clinics and hospitals and worked independently as a GP in New York.
"I wanted to slow down and be in a beautiful place, life just seems to be easier here. Things seem calmer and I was ready for [what] a sole-charge position like Tuatapere had to offer."
Dr Levin said he had also worked in three countries in Africa for a year, so he was used to working in remote positions.
"In Tuatapere it's exciting being more integrated with the community health system, including making house calls, as that is something that I don't get to do very often in New York," Dr Levin said.
Dr Levin wants to make the most of New Zealand, with places to visit including Milford Sound, Mt Cook and "Middle Earth", where the Lord of the Rings was filmed.
When his six months are up he hopes to travel around New Zealand and Australia.
"My plan is not to have a plan. New Zealand has a lot of great communities for me to explore," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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