Liv­ing the dream in Cal­i­for­nia

Jenni Prisk, orig­i­nally from Christchurch, has em­braced civic du­ties in her new home in San Diego.

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What in­spired your move, and how long have you been there?

My hus­band Kim (also a Kiwi) was in­vited to join a uni­ver­sity team putting lung ex­per­i­ments on the space shut­tle and Space Sta­tion. We ar­rived in San Diego at the end of 1983.

What do you do there?

I’m a com­mu­ni­ca­tions trainer and coach in my own com­pany, Prisk Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, with clients across the US. Ad­di­tion­ally, I chair the San Diego County Com­mis­sion on the Sta­tus of Women & Girls, am pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Cal­i­for­nia Com­mis­sions for Women, a mem­ber of the SD Ro­tary Club (the fifth largest in world) and re­view live theatre on Face­book at Scene by Jenni Prisk. I do lots of other civic ac­tiv­i­ties too!

What are the great­est ad­van­tages to liv­ing there?

In San Diego, it’s the weather! Very tem­per­ate all-year round. It’s easy to net­work, good for busi­ness, the gate­way to the Pa­cific and there’s great out­door liv­ing and din­ing. And it’s far enough from the White House.


The traf­fic gets heav­ier an­nu­ally on the free­ways. Not many large com­pa­nies are head-of­ficed in San Diego.

How ex­pen­sive is it com­pared to New Zealand? How much is a beer?

It’s com­pa­ra­ble dol­lar for dol­lar with re­gard to com­modi­ties. Now that NZ house prices are ris­ing, there will be a com­par­i­son there too in the next five years. Cars are cheaper than in NZ and salaries are lower. A six-pack of a good beer is US$10 (NZ$14).

What do you do in your spare time?

Go to the gym, walk on the beach, gar­den, go to the theatre and travel.

What’s the lo­cal del­i­cacy and would you rec­om­mend eat­ing it?

Mex­i­can cui­sine as we’re only 18 miles (29km) from the bor­der and, if made in the right restau­rant with good in­gre­di­ents, it’s ex­cel­lent.

Eas­i­est way to get around?

Car, be­cause a full public trans­port sys­tem is sadly lack­ing.

What’s the shop­ping like?

Gro­cery stores are ex­cel­lent with the num­ber and qual­ity of prod­ucts. Mer­chan­dise shop­ping is wide­spread and very good too.

Best af­ter-dark ac­tiv­ity?

Din­ner and good wine with an ocean view.

Best time of year to visit?

All-year round, but sum­mer, from late June to Septem­ber, is the pre­mium time.

What are the top three things you rec­om­mend for vis­i­tors?

The beach and ocean ac­tiv­i­ties, San Diego Zoo Sa­fari Park and Bal­boa Park with its 24 mu­se­ums and gal­leries.

Be­sides fam­ily and friends, what do you miss most about home?

Saveloys, the way of life, the gor­geous scenery, Tip Top Hokey Pokey ice­cream and the peo­ple.

How easy is it for you to get back to NZ?

Pretty easy. We come ‘‘home’’ once a year and rather more of­ten at the mo­ment as we are build­ing a house in Kerik­eri. We’ll be liv­ing between both coun­tries.

For Ki­wis look­ing to move there, which in­dus­tries are seek­ing fresh tal­ent?

Nurs­ing, en­gi­neer­ing and biotech.

Jenni Prisk says San Diego is the gate­way to the Pa­cific and the city has a tem­per­ate cli­mate all-year round.

There’s great out­door liv­ing and din­ing in San Diego.


Jenni with Peter Yar­row of folk mu­sic trio Peter, Paul and Mary.

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