Taking an hour to drive the short distance from Devonport to Takapuna was enough to send Designer Technology chief Alan Wilkinson up north.
After 15 years in Devonport, he now works from home in isolated Bland Bay, north of Whangarei, though two days a week he also does technical support and programming consultancy work for Ford and The Warehouse in Auckland.
But from his beachside hideaway, Wilkinson can test software.
“We have set up test machines which I can drive remotely. At great expense I (also) had an ADSL JetStream link installed because the phone links were unreliable, but Bland Bay is a beautiful place. The only problem is the travel to Auckland. But the relaxation of the place makes up for that,” he says.
And so happy is he with the north, he now plans a move to Russell.