MEREDITH, Mr Stephen Auckland,
NZKC:Toy, Terrier, Gundog, Hound, Working, Utility
Stephen was born in Ebbw Vale in South Wales in 1954 and grew up in the small town nearby called Cwm. After leaving school he trained and worked for British Steel as a Mechanical Engineer. He and his wife (Gay) emigrated to New Zealand in 1978. and this is where they settled. As a child his family owned Greyhounds, Whippets and Jack Russell Terriers. As a teenager he owned and worked a Labrador and a Springer Spaniel. All were working dogs of sort, but mostly pets. Because of this he has a keen interest in working Gundogs, Hounds and Terriers, so when they emigrated to New Zealand they were anxious to pursue this interest. In 1980 they bought two Labradors and have bred and exhibited this breed since. Over the years they have moved more into the showing of their dogs, but still enjoy and admire their working ability. They have bred and shown many Champions and In Show Winners, and owned and titled the first ever NZ Grand Champion Labrador; Southerly Shadow who sadly passed away three years ago at the ripe old age of 15. Stephen is involved in the administration of many Dog Clubs in the Auckland area, with his main duty being the current President and Life Member of the Auckland Kennel Council. While the Labradors have been his main passion for most of the last 27 years, it seems that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has stolen his heart. They bought their first Stafford bitch in 1992, and are now the proud possessors of seven Staffords, three of which were bred in Australia. Stephen has also been actively involved in exhibiting English Springer Spaniels, West Highland White Terriers and Pomeranians. He has extensive judging experience within New Zealand and Australia covering all breeds within the Toy, Terrier, Gundog, Hound and Working groups at Championship level. All other groups at Open level.