Shirley and Sue feature in Our Voices Exhibition

Twenty Horowhenua women share their stories, including Shirley and Sue. The Our Voices – Horowhenua exhibition is currently on display at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Levin, and uncovers the personal voice of twenty women living in the Horowhenua.


Led by the social impact initiative Shepherdess, the project set out to create an opportunity for women across the Horowhenua District to tell their stories, through portraiture and the written word, and exhibit these within the community.


It was a new experience for both Shirley and Sue who were keen to share their story about what connects them to the Horowhenua District. Even better, they were keen to be part of the project as the only mother and daughter combination, Sue commented ‘It’s definitely special to be part of the initiative with mum, to share our stories about our connection to the district and family business”.


Shirley’s story starts on Samoa where she was born and takes us on a journey to New Zealand and eventually the Horowhenua where she has lived for over fifty years.


Sue’s journey is all about the Horowhenua District where she was born, raised and has resided all of her life, and the many hats she wears in her work, home and community life.


You can visit the exhibition at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō during April.