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By An­to­nia An­der­son

Mov­ing to a for­eign coun­try would be a huge feat for any­one , par­tic­u­larly for a sin­gle 21-year- old fe­male. But since mov­ing to New Zealand from the USA, Hope McCarra has boldly faced the world alone and taken it in her stride and plans to make our coun­try her per­ma­nent home.

Wet­suits flung over of a piece rope be­tween the house and a large pine tree, bat­tered surf­boards lean­ing ca­su­ally against the small brick home sets a re­laxed mood as I ar­rive at the small homely flat in Re­muera. As I en­ter the brick abode on Ko­raha Street I am greeted warmly by a wave of smoky in­cense as the door opens. An ob­tru­sive drum kit sits proudly in the small lounge area, mak­ing navigating around the liv­ing area of the flat some­what of a task. The walls lit­tered with count­less im­ages of maps and blue waves give the area a serene at­mos­phere; a cheeky pink shisha pot sits on a ta­ble in the cor­ner of the room.

All these com­po­nents con­clu­sively draw one at­ti­tude about these girls to mind as I en­ter the boxy two- bed­room flat: these surfy chicks mean busi­ness.

Af­ter am­bi­tiously ar­riv­ing in New Zealand seven years ago, the young Amer­i­can quickly re­alised she had found her true home­land. How­ever Hope McCarra ad­mits the USA holds many op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple from all over the world. Boom­ing cap­i­tals such as San Fran­sisco and New York of­fer life­time ca­reers in the con­stant hus­tle and bus­tle, whereas the western Cal­i­for­nian coast stereo­typ­i­cally holds a more re­laxed and “beachy” life­style.

But this wasn’t enough for Hope. And what was sup­posed to be an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gres­sion to Aus­tralia, re­sulted in an un­ex­pected move to New Zealand where Hope’s love af­fair with the land be­gan. Seven years later the 28-year- old is still here and is now in the process of hav­ing her much an­tic­i­pated New Zealand cit­i­zen­ship ap­proved.

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