There’s no place like home

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El­dred Irv­ing has lived in Mount Maun­ganui since 1981.

Fam­ily was the rea­son the for­mer Waikato farmer moved to the Mount al­most 40 years ago.

“I al­ways say that when you leave the Mount you leave the coun­try be­cause there is no bet­ter place in New Zealand,” he said.

Irv­ing in­vested in both com­mer­cial and ren­tal prop­erty in the beach­side sub­urb, buy­ing a com­mer­cial site on Tawa St in 1982 and the neigh­bour­ing house in 2000, which he still lives in to­day.

What was ini­tially bought for $70,000 was now worth a cou­ple mil­lion, he said. “As the town grew, my wealth grew.”

The long-time Mount Maun­ganui res­i­dent said the sub­urb had grown sig­nif­i­cantly in the last 37 years.

“All of Marine Pa­rade was mostly baches and now it is mostly mil­lion-dol­lar homes,” he said.

The at­trac­tion to Mount Maun­ganui was its prox­im­ity to the har­bour, beach, neigh­bour­ing cities such as Ro­torua and Hamil­ton — as well as hav­ing good hos­pi­tal fa­cil­i­ties, Irv­ing said.

“It is cen­tral to ev­ery­thing.”

PHOTO / AN­DREW WARNER

El­dred Irv­ing has lived in Mount Maun­ganui since 1981.

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