Building a dream New Zealand lifestyle
"I miss what a bigger market offers in terms of choice and value, as I find NZ limited and the quality sometimes really poor," says Julie.
But, "I came to get away from a life driven by material things," she adds.
So since stepping ashore they have built a new existence and flexible lifestyle around a rural home, close to Wellington, near the Rimutaka hills. And Martin, an electrical engineer, has continued his career as a programme manager in the city.
He can get to town in 40 minutes, "So it's a doddle by UK standards - although Kiwis think we live as far as the moon from town," explains Julie.
It was Martin's work that enabled the couple to stay in the country and they now have permanent residency through the "Work to Residency Scheme."
"We could have done the points thing but that was just too painful a wait to contemplate," explains Julie, who writes about her NZ story online at http://www.domestic-executive.com
Julie's original dream was to grow olives in Spain, she says, but an English speaking country made more sense for the couple to get work.
"We may well have had the olive grove in Martinborough had the mountain not been in the way. We didn't want to end up with a long commute, which we left behind in the UK."
Such choices are behind many new arrival's thinking. Though NZ is roughly the same size as Britain, even short distances can take hours to negotiate via single-track, winding roads without the benefit of a motorway network.
New residents must be careful to avoid over-bearing isolation, and while retail opportunities may not be the same in NZ as back in the UK, lifestyle is open to creative expression in a far more fundamental manner.
The Treanors took full advantage to build their own home from scratch and now complete, its been entered in the Master Builders' House of the year show by their builders.
"Our place backs onto the Rimutaka Rail Trail and we overlook Tunnel Gully. Pure bliss," says Julie.
Now she can work from home, grow vegetables and flowers, tend her chickens and two basset hounds – named Fortnum and Mason in a seeming nod to former times. But there is much to do, "The life changing project still has many more years to run," she adds.
We had a very clear goal coming here, explains Julie, "My plan was to jack in the corporate life and become a domestic executive. We were committed from the off and everything has been about making life here work."
Yet there are things she misses about the UK. For one, she jokes that if Sky were to stop broadcasting English football and the internet collapsed, it might make it difficult to stay.
And she admits she'd like to get back behind the wheel of her Audi cabriolet.
But as it is, "I still read the English newspapers, bitch about the weather and eat about the same type of food - although more of it comes from my backyard," she says.
Overall, she wouldn't be anywhere else. Sure, she says there are things she'd change about NZ if she were given the chance – like far sighted political leadership, and compulsory driving lessons – but the flexible lifestyle she and her husband have striven to create is something they could never again be without.