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Home is where the heart is for Snow and Marie We­ston.

And that’s where they plan on stay­ing.

The East Auck­land cou­ple, both 84, have lived in their home for 40 years.

The five-bed­room home was per­fect for their five chil­dren, who have long since flown the coop.

But it’s still use­ful when they come to stay. Snow and Marie have 11 grand­chil­dren and one great-grand­child.

‘‘We wanted some­where they can re­gard as the fam­ily home, and this is it,’’ Snow says.

‘‘We’ve got every­thing around us in­clud­ing some very nice neigh­bours.

‘‘We were the first in the street.’’

Orig­i­nally from Christchurch, Snow and Marie have been mar­ried 60 years.

Snow worked in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try while Marie is a for­mer short­hand sec­re­tary. Snow was about 60 when he ‘‘first re­tired’’.

He worked another 15 years for a re­tire­ment ad­vi­sory ser­vice, giv­ing lec­tures on re­tire­ment to large com­pa­nies all over New Zealand.

The cou­ple have no plans to move, un­less cir­cum- stances change dras­ti­cally.

‘‘We have seen so many peo­ple do the wrong thing,’’ Snow says.

‘‘So many of our friends have been un­happy where they’ve gone. The older you are the longer it takes to set­tle into a new way of life.’’

Do­mes­tic bliss: Snow and Marie We­ston are very happy liv­ing in their own home.

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