I am of Ngapuhi and Scottish descent. I am married to Grace and we have 5 children aged 16-7. We maintain a bilingual household. I have a masters in law from Auckland University. I commenced in the NZ police in November 2002 working in counties Manukau, Auckland. I became a detective in 2006 working on various operations in and around Auckland. In 2007 I joined the armed offender’s squad and remain there today as commander. In 2009 I joined the special tactics group, a national-based team. In 2017 I left the STG and returned to district policing. I was fortunate to be the Maori responsiveness manager for the Auckland city district. I have been relieved as the operations manager for Auckland and as area commander for the Auckland city area. Recently I was promoted to area commander in counties Manukau east area. I was offered the role of chair for the operational reference group to UPD, which I gladly and humbly accepted. Outside of the police, my time revolves around family. This means I’m a driver for our children’s extra curricula pursuits which include Kapa haka, manu korero, swimming, netball, touch rugby and rugby union. I am privileged to be the chair of Te kura Maori o nga tapuwae board. My passion is for the prosperity of our communities, to entrench great values and bear witness to the enthusiasm of young people to be the best they can be.