From endless apartment blocks to an ocean on their front lawn, the Gonen family feel blessed to live in New Zealand.
Nearly four years ago, the family moved from Israel to New Zealand so that father and husband, Zoahr, could attend a Bible college.
The family first resided in Hawke's Bay but moved to Kakanui five months ago.
"It's quiet here and there is no stress," said mother-of-four, Tehila.
Mrs Gonen said the family were blessed to have a backyard to kick a soccer ball around because, in Israel, lawns were hard to come by.
"It's not dangerous to live here," she said.
Mrs Gonen said the family were used to being away from Israel, but missed their friends in Hawke's Bay.
"People here are very friendly though. I like that they are not overly friendly," she said.
The Gonen family are connected with the Waitaki Newcomers Support Centre and said although they had not been that involved with the group, it was helpful to know they were there to call on.
The Gonen family said they enjoyed how Oamaru embraced its history. "We love it. It's so different," Mrs Gonen said. "Oamaru unites around it."
As well as liking New Zealand's culture, Mrs Gonen said it was extremely important for the family to retain their Jewish beliefs and culture.
The family still celebrate Jewish festivals, the Jewish Sabbath day of rest and traditional meals.
"It's important for us that our children attain their Jewish identity," she said.
"We are Jewish," said 4-year-old Yakim, with a smile.
"Some people are fascinated that we're from the land where Jesus was born," said Mr Gonen.
But Mr Gonen said people also judged Israel from what they saw in the media, without ever being there.
Life was peaceful in the Waitaki District though, said Mrs Gonen. "It makes my heart well up in gratitude for God for the beautiful surroundings and blessing."
Eleven-year-old Aviel loves living in such a "pretty" area.
"It's really fun here," she said.
If you would like more information on the Waitaki Newcomers Support Centre, phone (03) 434 7544.
Would you like to feature in this new section available through the Oamaru Mail? We'd love to share with readers the story of your homeland, why you chose to move here and what you value about becoming an Oamaruvian. Contact reporter Jessie Waite on 433-0536 for more details.