Ask­ing price falls

The Northland Age - - Local News - By Joel Pirini

The av­er­age ask­ing price for res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in North­land fell 14.5 per cent last month, com­pared to Fe­bru­ary last year, to $520,901. The num­ber of prop­er­ties for sale fell 8.2 per cent to 1417, and new list­ings fell 2.9 per cent to 495. realestate.co.nz’s Vanessa Tay­lor said life­style prop­er­ties now of­fered an al­ter­na­tive op­tion for home buy­ers, the num­ber of life­style prop­er­ties for sale around the coun­try last month ris­ing 15 per cent on Fe­bru­ary last year. I stud­ied sports sci­ence be­cause I wanted to train pro­fes­sional rugby teams.

But I saw my wife Toni get­ting up every day to teach. She was so pas­sion­ate about it. I wanted to have a job that I was equally pas­sion­ate about. So at 24 I started study­ing again, and went to med school in Auck­land. On week­ends I would drive home to Whangarei so my mum could do my wash­ing and I could raid her fridge.

I feel like every day I get to do a job where I help peo­ple. It’s not al­ways to help them get bet­ter — it can be to help peo­ple who have rel­a­tives who are sick or dy­ing. It’s a real priv­i­lege to be there at this time.

I’d love to help peo­ple to be in con­trol of their own health, and I would just be there to as­sist them.

On my wall at home it says, ‘Happy wife, happy life.’ As long as my kids and my wife are happy, I’m happy.

When I get time off I take my kids on the quad and go camp­ing around the reef. No cell phones or tablets. It’s sim­ple and ba­sic, and the kids love it. They might not un­der­stand the value of that now, but they will as they grow up.

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