Two families, two different decisions

ASHLEIGH STEWART
Last updated 05:00 23/10/2012
Shaun Hubbard
DON SCOTT

LIFESTYLE: Shaun Hubbard moved to Christchurch from Auckland, bringing with him his family and business.

Brett Christie
MIGRANT: Engineer Brett Christie has moved from Christchurch to Auckland.

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Leaving Christchurch for Auckland was not an easy decision for Brett and Sarah Christie.

The couple headed north in June for career reasons.

Brett Christie, a structural engineer, had an opportunity with AMP Capital, the company he worked for in Christchurch as project manager for The Palms mall.

"There are a ton of opportunities up here for someone in my area of expertise," he said.

"It was simply too good an opportunity to turn down."

The pair had sold their Christchurch home and bought in the east Auckland suburb of Meadowbank, near Remuera.

Christie said he and his wife would return to Canterbury if they could.

"If there's no future opportunity that arose because of [moving], we've already said that we'd talk very, very seriously about moving back.

"I'd be quite happy and very, very keen to be part of the rebuild."

He said he had "gotten used to a fully operational city", but there was one major difference in the two locations:

"It's the people. It's as simple as that. You really don't get the same people up here.

"Everyone's a lot more open in Christchurch - everyone up here sort of lives in their own world."

Engineer Shaun Hubbard says he moved to Christchurch from Auckland for the "location and lifestyle".

He shifted here with his company Aecom in June this year, bringing his wife and 6-year-old child.

"I came for business, but partly for the location and lifestyle as well," he said.

Being an outdoors person, Hubbard said he enjoyed the landscape Canterbury provided for activities such as mountain biking.

Persuading his family to relocate with him was not hard, he said.

"My wife is from Chile, so she's pretty immune to earthquakes - so that wasn't a difficult conversation."

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