It was also at this time in 1999 that we bought our house in Tamahere – wanting more of a country lifestyle than the city offered.
In 2006 we sold our shares in NDA and took the opportunity to focus the next few years on our three young children; this included a lot of travelling through Europe and the USA in particular whilst basing ourselves out of Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands.
By the time our oldest finished Primary schooling, we returned in 2014 to our same house in Tamahere where we reside still today – nearly 17 years since we first bought it.
To finish the story, around the time of seeking your support for my first term as your Councillor for Tamahere, I changed my surname. I spent 40 years of my life as Aksel Bech Jepsen (with Jepsen being my now deceased step-father’s name after my mother remarried) but changed to come back to my maternal family name late in 2016. The short version is that Aksel Bech Jepsen has become Aksel Bech.
And yes, my new middle name really is Danger, but that is a much longer story……