IN SEARCH OF THE KIWI DREAM – HOPE MCCARRA
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.