New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - THIS WEEK IN... - Kelly Ber­trand

TVNZ re­porter Sam Kel­way and his fam­ily’s fresh start

Pack­ing up your en­tire life to move city, just weeks af­ter wel­com­ing your first baby, might seem like the very def­i­ni­tion of in­san­ity for many cou­ples.

In­deed, there were times where TVNZ news re­porter Sam Kel­way (33) and his wife, fash­ion jour­nal­ist Rosie (29), won­dered what on earth they were do­ing as they loaded their be­long­ings into a truck in Auck­land to make the move to the re­gions.

“It was re­ally, re­ally scary,” says Sam, bounc­ing his seven-month old daugh­ter Violet on his knee as he talks. “In the days lead­ing up to the shift, we were like, ‘ What have we done? Is this the right de­ci­sion?’ Rosie was in tears most nights!”

But they are now hap­pily en­sconced by the beach in Mt Maun­ganui, where Sam is based as TVNZ’s Tau­ranga/ Bay of Plenty re­porter. Like many young fam­i­lies faced with the dilemma of ris­ing rent and cost of liv­ing in Auck­land, Sam and Rosie say mov­ing out of the city has been bet­ter than they ever imag­ined.

The idea of cash­ing in big-city life for a small-town ex­is­tence is boom­ing – there’s even a TV show, Mov­ing Out with Ta­mati, ded­i­cated to the no­tion – as making ends meet in the city gets in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for many peo­ple.

And when TVNZ of­fered Sam the chance to move back to his and Rosie’s home­town as part of a re­cent news re­port­ing strat­egy where jour­nal­ists are sta­tioned in re­gional ar­eas such as Tau­ranga and North­land, he says they just couldn’t refuse.

“We even­tu­ally wanted to get back down here, but it was in the very, very long-term plan,” he tells. “I never thought it would even be pos­si­ble to do my job and live here – but now it is and it’s been great fun.

“We re­alised there was a very im­por­tant voice in the re­gions and at times it wasn’t be­ing heard.”

De­spite the ini­tial chaos of the move, beach­side liv­ing has been great for all three Kelways – Rosie es­pe­cially loves the slower pace of life af­ter a ter­ri­fy­ing birth ex­pe­ri­ence. Their little girl sud­denly ar­rived seven weeks early and had un­der­de­vel­oped lungs.

“The fact that she could ar­rive early wasn’t even on my radar,” tells Rosie.

“But from my waters break­ing un­til she was here was four hours. I had no idea what the heck was go­ing on. It was so fright­en­ing, the first few days were a real strug­gle. But af­ter day three, we had an in­di­ca­tion that she was go­ing to be okay.”

“She was def­i­nitely a little sur­prise,” con­tin­ues Sam.

“That sec­ond day was pretty rough as her oxy­gen dropped quite sig­nif­i­cantly, which was re­ally scary.”

Thank­fully, their daugh­ter proved to be a fighter and af­ter a few weeks in hos­pi­tal, Sam and Rosie took their pride and joy home – and just a few weeks af­ter that, made the

‘ I never thought it would even be pos­si­ble to do my job and live here’

move down to

Tau­ranga, where

Violet has thrived.

“She’s pretty chilled, but I think she’s also a little bit cheeky too,” laughs Rosie.

“She’s def­i­nitely solid,” Sam adds, grin­ning.

“She was in the

90th per­centile for weight dur­ing the preg­nancy, so even though she was seven weeks early, she was born weigh­ing

2.4kg, which was lucky.”

“Our mid­wife said she would have been

4.5kg if she had gone full term,” says Rosie.

Violet is now happy and healthy, and life in the Mount couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent than be­fore. The pair are adamant they have no re­grets.

“I def­i­nitely think mov­ing here has been great,” says Rosie, with Sam nod­ding in agree­ment. “I didn’t think I would like it as much as I have done.”

“Buy­ing a house is more re­al­is­tic, there’s the wa­ter right there, the cof­fee’s good, the in­surance is cheaper,” he says.

“Ev­ery­thing just feels a little eas­ier – we love it!”

The cou­ple are en­joy­ing a more re­laxed pace of life in Tau­ranga with wee Violet.

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