Pete & Sharon (AKA Shaz) have been married for 27 years and have two magnificent girls, Liz and Hannah. While Liz decided to join her parents in Kenya, Hannah moved from Sydney back to New Zealand. There she met a really nice guy (Luke) whom she will be married in December 2014.
Pete grew up in a small town (Tokoroa) New Zealand and along with his sister was adopted into a family of 4 other siblings. Pete struggled with school due to his dyslexia but found he thrived putting his hand to practical areas such as farming. He met Sharon at a drop in centre for young people and decided she was the one to marry (even though she was still at school). He left Tokoroa for a year to attend The Bible College of New Zealand and to his surprise actually passed the course. In 1987 they married, had a couple of kids, then when Hannah, the youngest was 8 weeks old, he packed them off to Australia to live in a caravan for 3 months while he attended Bible College. They returned back to New Zealand to be youth and children’s pastors for the next 16 years. After living in Christchurch for 2 years they decided to sell all and move to Sydney, Australia.
While they said they would come for 5 years, 2012 will be their 10th year. During that time Pete has worked in the construction industry, then went out on his own starting a handyman business. It gave him the flexibility to travel, assist Sharon with BeyondWater and not have to travel 90 minutes too and from work each day.
While in Hawaii in 2011 Pete decided it was time to move on from Sydney and invest the next part of his life into developing the lives of young people in East Africa.
- Hanging out with family and friends
- Spelling, writing, reading
- Avocado, yoghurt, coconut, ugali, gatheri
When she was 10 years old Sharon did a study on the manyatta of Kenya and ever since then has been keen as mustard on the country. It wasn’t until 27 years later she got to go on her first trip there and she’s been going back ever since. Travel is high on her list of favourite things including trips to India, USA, NZ, London, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Dubai and Brunei. Sharon discovered a passion for photography, which she does best while on the road. In 2009 she completed a Master in Business Administration which has helped her out as she and Pete started BeyondWater after discovering that more than a billion people don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water.
- Hot, spicy food
- A messy house
- Small thinking
Liz has traveled more in her 24 years than her parents took 40 years to do. She’s just returned from East Africa and already mapping out her next trip. After finishing school she found part time work and has completed just about every course at the Disability Unit at TAFE over the past couple of years. This has given her opportunity to also assist her dad in his workplace and her mum in hers. Liz keeps the household going with her magnificent culinary skills. While she loves the outdoors, she’s also a whiz in the kitchen.
- Anything to do with sports
- The ocean
- Getting out of bed early
- Spicy food
- Scary movies