My name is Sue Shepherd - I live in Whangarei New Zealand. I have been a passionate photographer for many years. I love photographing children, landscapes, people, and sport - particularly hockey. I have also supported many charity groups and some authors by helping them to ensure a good record of events they are involved in.
In recent years my husband and I have travelled to many interesting and inspiring countries. In August 2015 I visited Iceland with three top Australian photographers - Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt and Christain Fletcher - this was a trip of a lifetime.
In November 2017, I travelled to Japan with Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken, both well known New Zealand photographers, for a ten-day photographic tour. The trip was exceptional. We visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, and Yudanaka. The highlight for me was the Wild Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani Yaen-Koen Park in Yudanaka. We were very lucky to have snow falling while we photographing.
On the 2nd February 2019, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a special visit to the Otamatea Marea in the Kaipara District with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Development Minister and Northland List MP Shane Jones to make a very special announcement regarding funding for projects within the area. The money was to be used for roading and bridge upgrades and feasibility studies for other transport networks such as ferries
Northland is my home. I live on our dairy farm in Purua which is west of Whangarei, the main city in the region. It is a beautiful part of New Zealand.
Te Hononga Cultural Hub. This project was started in January 2019. It was the result of twelve sometimes difficult years of work by the community to get the project actioned. It will be built using a rammed earth-based method called Sirewall by the end of the year, with fit-out to be completed by April 2020. I will be a library, district council service centre, gallery, community workshop, showers and toilets for freedom campers, and an interactive centre exploring the relationship between the town and Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.