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I have always had a passion for shoes and as a student at Ashburton College I dreamed of owning my own shoe store. I also love to shop so selecting shoes for Stepping Out is my dream job – lots of fun and challenging as well. I am married to Paul, an arable farmer, and we have two adult daughters, a 15 year old son, a son-in-law and 2 granddaughters. All, except our son, live in Australia so frequent trips over the ditch have become a “necessity”.


I grew up in Ashburton and was the only daughter in a family of four. I am married to Steve and we have two gorgeous adult children. Lucy lives in Melbourne and Mitchell lives in Ashburton and works with Steve in our building business. Hairdressing was my chosen career, which I loved, as helping clients create their own look was important to me. I worked in a local salon for many years before working for myself as I raised my family. Spending time with family and friends is what I enjoy doing when i’m not working. Besides business and friendship, Moana and I are also first cousins so we have quite a lot in common, we both enjoy good food, wine health and fashion. I am very proud to be a Mid Canterbrian.


Matilda has been brightening our window since the beginning of 2013. Our style guru, Matilda has the selection of the whole store to showcase, both footwear and accessories. She loves dressing up for different occasions, and is often complimented on her style, including the ultimate compliment when people wish to purchase her exact look. Matilda looks forward to meeting you, and helping choose your next piece of footwear or accessory.