We first came to the Hokianga together for a weekend a short while after we met in 2004. We loved it so much that we came back again a few months later and without planning to, ended up looking at property. At first it was just a fantasy, but when we found our current place it all became very real, very quickly. In many ways, looking at buying property here was as much a commitment to each other as getting engaged, which happened at around the same time. Since then our journey together has included getting married at the Copthorne Hokianga, renovating the house that we’re now living in, moving here from Auckland and of course building Kokohuia Lodge.
Before his ‘Escape To The Country’ Steve worked in a wide variety of Marketing, Hospitality and Sales Roles. During his 15 years in the UK, jobs included running his own graphic design business, and a stint as National Promotions Manager for the UK’s largest movie distributor.
Since his return to New Zealand, Steve bought and managed a bar/nightclub off Auckland’s semi-notorious K Rd, worked in Events and also for a large marketing services company. Other employment highlights include working in record stores on three continents and running a small independent record label.
Steve’s interests include ‘Extreme Gardening’, fishing, Waka Ama (Maori out-rigger canoe), English Premier League Football, movies, music and an alarming over-indulgence in crime fiction.
Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Suzanne moved to New Zealand in 1991 to escape the working hours for junior doctors in the UK. Though initially planned as a brief OE, Auckland quickly became home and she went on to train as a Psychiatrist, specialising in Psychiatry of Old Age. She is now working part time for the Northland District Health Board.
Though a city dweller for most of her life, Suzanne has always loved spending time in the country, and for the last 10 years she has realised her childhood dream of horse ownership. She and her current horse Hammer spend many happy hours exploring the hills and beaches around the Hokianga.
Suzanne was heavily involved in university drama, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and various community theatre projects in the UK. Growing up in Europe offered fabulous opportunities for travel, and both she and Steve have been fortunate to continue to travel widely and explore many different countries and cultures over the years.