Settling in new surroundings

John Pickworth and wife, Donna Shadick, enjoying their shift to the West Coast

John Pickworth and Donna Shadick moved to the outskirts of Dargaville at the end of last year after more than a decade based at Tomarata, and Lifestyler caught up with them to see how they had found the switch from east to west Kaipara.

Donna says: “The shift has been great, we really like it and have really settled in.”

The couple are often busy with the Dargaville Arts Association, and Donna has taken up learning an instrument with the local ukulele group. 

“There’s always an opportunity to do things with people around here — everyone’s so friendly and very welcoming in a group,” she says.

“We like to drive around all the rural roads so we’ve had a really good look around the area now. We’ve been to Donnelly’s Crossing, Waipoua Forest and up to Rawene — it’s really lovely driving up through the kauri forest.”

Husband John says they are both “excited” about the completion of Donna’s new art studio.

“We’ve done some renovations and improvements around the house and found the local trades people to be excellent and also very helpful,” says John.

Over this time they have also realised “the simple convenience of the township makes life easy — we have everything we need here and you can park anywhere.”

If you’re thinking about making the move their advice to those pondering the decision is to “just do it — we’re very happy with our decision.”


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