Evan opts for the farm life

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - MIKE BAIN

Liv­ing out of a suit­case and be­ing un­sure what city you have just wo­ken in each morn­ing is not for ev­ery­body.

But then nei­ther is wak­ing up in a his­toric house in Te Aroha with Molly, a minia­ture horse, three chick­ens and Ebony the heifer who has just con­ceived.

With his feet firmly grounded, home these days is cer­tainly dif­fer­ent for Evan McLen­nan.

He was once a flight at­ten­dant fly­ing do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional routes for Vir­gin Air­lines out of Aus­tralia.

Like many young Ki­wis, McLen­nan left New Zealand for the greener pas­tures of Aus­tralia to set­tle in Sydney.

He found his way into the avi­a­tion in­dus­try and be­came a mem­ber of a cabin crew.

‘‘It was a great job and way to see a coun­try and in my case a bit of the world, I would rec­om­mend it to any­one,’’ said McLen­nan.

‘‘Some peo­ple are still fly­ing after 20 years but the job is not re­ally all that glam­orous.’’

The idea of be­ing here, there and ev­ery­where is ap­peal­ing but grew a bit thin for McLen­nan. He be­came tired of not having a reg­u­lar rou­tine and ‘‘be­ing ros­tered for day and night flights, it be­came too much’’, he said.

Speak­ing can­didly about his time, air travel in Aus­tralia is as safe as it is any­where in the world.

He ex­pe­ri­enced only one emer­gency where a pas­sen­ger suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest and the flight to Perth was di­verted to Ade­laide.

Call­ing it ‘‘his mid-life crises at the age of 30’’, in 2015 McLen­nan gave up his job as a cabin crew mem­ber to be­come a sef-con­fessed ‘‘pre­tend farmer’’ on his 2700m2 prop­erty in Te Aroha.

Re­al­is­ing the in­come wasn’t go­ing to match the dream, McLen­nan gained his real es­tate sales li­cence and cur­rently works in the Mata­mata of­fice of Prop­erty Bro­kers. With a prop­erty portfolio in Aus­tralia it was nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to be in­volved in prop­erty in New Zealand.

As for his Te Aroha prop­erty: ‘‘It’s a work in progress with the ren­o­va­tions of his his­toric home’’.

He’s on a mis­sion to ex­plore its his­tory and learn about the prop­erty he lives on.


For­mer flight at­ten­dant turned farmer Evan McLen­nan lov­ing all things ru­ral

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