Margie and Allan moved to Coalgate in 2013 after being displaced by the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. After not wanting to leave their home by the river they found this lovely spot also next to the Selwyn river and have built their dream home. Allan is a freelance Photographer as well as a management consultant and Margie manages the administration/accounts of small businesses and runs River Retreat Accommodation. Aside from normal work Margie and Allan are both involved in Search and Rescue as volunteers, this was how they originally met. They are both volunteers with Christchurch Search and Rescue and WanderSearch Canterbury – www.wandersearch.nz. They have 2 cats (Sammy & Freddy), two German Shepherds (Quas & Essie) and a pet horse (Ben).