Born 2 December 1946
Married to Amanda, Pharmacist – three children
Educated at Heretaunga College and Avondale College –
Leader of Military Cadet Unit – Athletics – 1st XV Rugby – Debating.

Six years for two international pharmaceutical companies – Sales and Market Research.

Nicholas Products Limited – marketing orientated, consumer focused organization.
Consistently top sales achiever.

Pfizer Laboratories Limited – successful networking and relationship building with general practitioners and medical specialists – results driven.

Twenty years a partner in a group of Auckland Licensed restaurants, hotels and neighbourhood taverns.
Revenue $15 million pa. Employing 200-250 staff. High profile in hospitality and entertainment business. Responsible for management and training. Widely experienced in hospitality event management.

Commercial Property Development – factories, shops and warehouses.
Profit focussed, commercial and ambitious. A clear understanding of investment principles.

Former Chairman of the New Zealand Licensed Restaurant and Cabaret Association.
Articulating a vision with a good understanding of the service industry.

Senior player, Treasurer, Secretary, President, Mt Albert Rugby League Club – 10 years
Player contract negotiations. Sponsorship. Budgetary and financial management. Initiative, drive and team player qualities.

Member ARL Senior Officers Association – 5 years
Advancing relationships between constituent rugby league clubs.

President Northland Rugby League – 10 years
Strong interpersonal skills and experience in managing extraordinarily difficult inter-club relationships.

Elected member Birkenhead Borough Council and Birkenhead City Council – highest polling candidate. Committees – Parks and Reserves and Community Facilities; Capital Works, Finance and Expenditure. Identifying opportunities for efficiency gains. Budget forecasting and statutory accounts preparation.

Elected member Auckland Regional Authority – highest polling candidate.
Transport; Parks and Reserves; Capital Works.
Overseeing of large, complex and high value capital works projects.

Member of the National Party since 1972 – Branch Chairman, Electorate Treasurer, Electorate Secretary, Electorate Chairman, Dominion Councillor. Stood as National Party candidate for Roskill 1978. Elected Member of Parliament for Whangarei in 1981 – held the same seat for six elections.

Northland Regional Development Council – 6 yearsVenture capital funding.
Front Bench – Opposition Spokesman for Police, Tourism, Employment, Local Government and Sport 1984–1990.
Parliamentary Select Committees: Public Expenditure: Status Revision: Local Government and Social Welfare.

Front Bench-Minister of Police 1990-1993. Minister of Tourism 1990-1996. Minister of Sport, Fitness and Leisure 1990-1996. Minister of Local Government 1993-1996. Minister of Civil Defence 1996.

Cabinet Committees: Economic; Social Policy; Expenditure Control and Government Administration: Intelligence and Security.
A good understanding of structural approaches toward reporting processes and accountability.

Terrorist Emergency Group (TEG)
Security planning at the highest strategic and tactical level of government.

Australasian Police Minister’s Council – Chairman 1993

Resigned from Cabinet, 1 November 1996 after the first MMP election – Host a nationwide daily breakfast talk programme on Radio Pacific.
New Zealand Radio Awards – Best New Broadcaster 1997 and Best Broadcaster 1999.

Held high office in many charitable trusts.
Establishing a strong financial base for ‘no profit’ organizations.

A dedicated campaigner for animal rights, welfare and ethics.
As tenants for a short stay in this world…. “It is important that we protect those other living creatures who cannot protect themselves.”

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) – Life Member.

Rotary International – Paul Harris Fellow

Masonic Lodge – Parahaki 269

Holds a private Pilot’s License for fixed wing and helicopters.

Queens Elizabeth II Commemoration Award – 1990

Companion of The Queen’s Service Order for Public Service (QSO)