It's often said that owning a business means that you can never switch off, sacrificing family time and recreation for the financial benefits that a business brings. For Dr Tregon Singh and Dr Prabhpreet Kaur, going into business in Manawatū has had the opposite effect.
Four years ago, the couple were living in Singapore, where Tregon was working 50+ hour weeks with a daily hour and a half commute each way. After an opportunity came up to come and work as a GP in New Zealand, with the option to buy the business shortly after - Tregon says it was hard to turn down.
"I couldn't see how we could make that work and relocate our young family who were sacrificing a lot for my career. We visited Manawatū and reconsidered and life's never really been the same."
After making the move, buying the established Victoria Street Medical Clinic practice, setting up a second business and adding another child to their family - Tregon says that life couldn't be more different.
"Now, I walk to work in 10 minutes, join the kids with activities after school and still have time to do homework, eat dinner as a family, play a board game and get the kids to bed at a reasonable time."
Alongside Tregon's growing career as a business owner and GP, Prabhpreet also owns a niche business practicing animal acupuncture, alongside other veterinary services.
"We both have careers and work in environments we enjoy, and the support has been invaluable," says Prabhpreet. "I've been able to build my business through the support of the wider community and others in my field - while still being active and present in our kids' lives."
I think that the opportunity to 'have it all' in Manawatū is huge, and a lot of that is down to the people. Our new community has helped us to feel at home here, and supported us in business and with our family. People have been really wonderful and helping us settle in. So it's very, very appreciated, very much appreciated."