Research for a book first brought Michael Laws to South Canterbury a year ago, and it was during his subsequent visits to the area that he fell in love with the region.
"I thought if I ever get the opportunity to move down here, I'll take it," Mr Laws said yesterday.
The former politician and media personality has shifted to Timaru from Whanganui to take up the position of development manager for Craighead Diocesan School, and was introduced to the school community yesterday.
Mr Laws said he was looking ahead with relish to his new role, which involves procuring funds for the school buildings.
Equally, he is looking forward to living in the South Island.
"For the last 20 years I have argued the South Island is another country.
"The South Island is the way New Zealand should have gone, and I want to raise my children with that southern attitude," he said.
Although he has yet to try a May's pie, or a snogurt, he said he was really enjoying supermarket shopping in Timaru.
"It's probably the metrosexual in me, but I'm an inveterate grocery shopper.
"I have had to become quite adept at shopping since becoming a solo father."
He said he was a great follower of rugby and would support South Canterbury.
"I won't go as far as supporting the Crusaders; well, not until they start playing attractive rugby."
- The Timaru Herald