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After relocating from Auckland 11 years ago for a quieter life in Dargaville, Andrew and Leanne Howells found themselves in their dream job.

Not long after moving with their three children Andrew found himself working for the Kaipara District Council as Campground Manager of The Taharoa Domain Kai Iwi Lakes Campground. Leanne followed suit two years later as Assistant Camp Manager/Administration.

The first few years were quite hard, changing the campground back into a family camp, but they finally accomplished what they set out to achieve.

Lots of different groups come to the lakes for their annual holidays, school trips and Andrew and Leanne have hosted many a beautiful wedding there.

Their three children have grown up at the lakes and they all have met some great friends, and look forward to each summer and their return visitors.

Now, both Leanne and Andrew are looking forward to the next chapter in the Taharoa Domain’s development, with extensive native plantings and weeding out of exotics helping return the environment to its natural state.

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