Myth-Busting Top 5 Worries about Rural Living
There is a perception that country living is quite isolated and non-social, since obviously there is distance and separation between dwellings. However, this is a common misconception as it means only that you choose when you want to be social or not. In reality urban living can be far more isolating as neighbours often don’t know one another and are so time poor we only socialize with workmates. In a village set-up like Rengaru social contact is built-in, and in the wider community the school, village hall, pony club, rural fire station, and many other networks provide many opportunities for local community contact. And it’s still only a short hop in the car for a latte with friends in town!
Again there is a perception that rural schools are not up to the same standard as our urban schools in Auckland and that our children will be missing out on vital educational opportunities. This idea could be turned on its head. We may need to consider what we are educating our children for? Is it to be a cog in the industrial machine, or to have a fulfilling life of their own choosing? There is so much more natural learning to be had in the countryside living a sustainable lifestyle, learning about values and self-reliance, as well as being very practical and not just bookish. Smaller rural schools often provide an excellent educational environment where our children mix with a wider age-range day to day, and have more choice over their learning style. Home-schooling is another great option, and when it comes time for college and university the City is still within easy reach.
We are extremely fortunate that Auckland is one of the very few great cities of the world where you can live rurally and yet still easily access all the city has to offer in a short commute of less than an hour. Commuting in from the north is a far quicker commute than trying to cross the city from home to work and back. The new motorway links from the north mean that you can enjoy a fully immersive rural lifestyle, with easy access to our beautiful hibiscus coast towns, vineyards and farmers markets, and beaches, and still get into the city for the theatre, to shop, or meet friends. Working remotely from home is obviously the ideal option so that you can restrict your commuting to what suits you.
4. Lack of Services
Rural areas are certainly the poorer cousins when it comes to local authority services, unsealed roads being one case in point. However modern cars are more than capable of coping with unsealed roads and we often drive SUV’s even in cities these days! One of the benefits of metal roads is that they significantly deter traffic and so help considerably in maintaining your peace and quiet. Other services are more than adequate, the rural post being an excellent way to get just about anything delivered from anywhere in the world. You will also find that tradies are more than happy to come out to rural locations so you don’t want for much. The only thing you don’t have is street lights, which is a real blessing!
5. Lack of Know-how
Some folk are worried about making the leap to rural living because they’re quietly nervous that they don’t know how to do it! I think most of us have had this fear of the unknown. It’s often just a case of jumping in with both feet and finding that you can swim after all. Most of us who’ve been doing this for many years were novices at one stage, and we all learn as we go. We all make lots of mistakes and learn from them- that is the definition of learning. The beauty of Rengaru village is that we’re all in it together. So we are all learning from one another, and those with a little more experience will be there to help along those with a little less. But often it’s your own intuition that starts to flourish in this environment, and you find out that, deep down, you know more than you thought!