Sarah Andrews and Nathan McBride (both 38) in their Mosgiel computer store Tech Stop. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Mosgiel couple Sarah Andrews and Nathan McBride have swapped
life in a swanky Brisbane suburb to return to Mosgiel and
open a computer shop.
The couple were teenage sweethearts and have two teenage
Ms Andrew said she was raised in Dunedin and had never
imagined she would settle in Mosgiel, but loved it.
''It is so much easier. The weather is better and everything
is here - there is no need to leave.''
But the future was not always so clear.
In 2000, Mr McBride was a Dunedin car groomer earning the
minimum wage when he decided to study computer hardware and
network engineering at Otago Polytechnic.
After graduation, he worked as an IT consultant at computer
chain store Big Byte.
The consultancy work he was doing was being charged out at
more than $100 a hour, but he was being paid slightly more
than the minimum wage by his employer.
''I saw an opportunity - I learnt how the game worked and
then went out on my own.''
With $1000 in savings and two small children, he started IT
consultancy business The PC Fix in Mosgiel in 2004.
He sold up in 2008 and the family moved to Queensland for a
team leader position overseeing four IT consultants.
But Brisbane's expensive rents and long commutes caused the
family to vote on relocating to Mosgiel.
Although Mr McBride had a secure, well-paid job in Australia,
just as much money could be made in New Zealand, he said.
''It's all a big have that you make more over there.''
After renovating a Mosgiel house and a bit of contracting
work, the couple fitted out a Gordon Rd shop with ''clean and
minimal'' furnishings and computer and IT service business
Tech Stop was opened in April.
The available stock and services was increasing and a
technology training centre, for hardware such as iPads, was
Mosgiel had great long-term business prospects, Mr McBride
''We've been here before, we left to try other things and now
we are here to stay.''