Tif­fany feels set­tled in her favourite spot

Stratford Press - - News - By ALICE COWDREY

Tif­fany Hill loves the friendly faces and tight-knit com­mu­nity feel of Strat­ford.

Work­ing be­hind the front desk at the Taranaki Vet­eri­nary Cen­tre means she comes into con­tact with a wide range of the peo­ple, many of who have be­come her friends over the years.

“They are just such a great team to work with here and Strat­ford is just such a nice com­mu­nity — ev­ery­body knows ev­ery­body. I have met some great peo­ple.”

Tif­fany re­cently won the Strat­ford New World Best Ru­ral Ser­vice Per­son cat­e­gory of the Romeo Awards, which she says came as a bit of a sur­prise.

“I was a bit shocked when my name was read out. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it . . . My heart was just pound­ing and I didn’t know what to say, but my hus­band smiled at me and said ‘ you will be all right’.”

Tif­fany and her hus­band Garry — who is the deputy prin­ci­pal at Mat­apu School — moved to Strat­ford from Eng­land in 2003 af­ter a vet nurs­ing job opened up at the cen­tre. The cou­ple had only planned to stay a lit­tle while but 15 years later are now set­tled and love the Kiwi life­style.

“We feel in love with the place and don’t have any plans to go back now.”

The cou­ple have since had two daugh­ters — Char­lotte (12) and El­lena (11) who go to Ngaere School. The fam­ily live on a1.6ha life­style block and Puken­gahu, and also keep busy with the Pur­ring Cat Cat­tery which can house up to 20 cats.

Tif­fany has been a vet nurse for 20 years and says she loves be­ing in­volved in the in­dus­try, help­ing farm­ers out and see­ing clients who she re­gards as friends.

”It’s just a lovely place to work.”

Tif­fany Hill.

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