“I had the challenge of moving to a new country as an immigrant, leaving behind family, friends, good careers, and really giving it all up and giving life a go in a different country.”
On February 17, 2003 my wife and our five-year-old boy got on an airplane and flew to New Zealand. We were emigrating from the UK. We had never been to New Zealand before. Didn’t really know what we were going into and were on our adventure of our lifetime. Got off the plane two days later, because it takes a wee while to get there. I had the challenge of moving to a new country as an immigrant, leaving behind family, friends, good careers, and really giving it all up and giving life a go in a different country.
I’d been a police officer for 14 years. My wife had been a nurse. We inspired each other to move because we were so busy with life, we were thinking there has to be more to what we’re doing. We were also thinking about the future of our little boy. Our son went to university last year and left my wife and I rattling around the house, so we moved rural in New Zealand. We have talked about what’s next.
I’ve only been walking around Pittsburgh for a few days but it’s an amazing city. Very friendly, very multicultural. I’ve seen a lot of really positive scenes, but I’ve only had a small window. I’m a visitor here on business.