Born Rarotonga, Cook Islands 1944
Born Rarotonga, Cook Islands 1944. Primary and Secondary Schooling in Rarotonga and New Zealand. Graduated Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Auckland University, New Zealand and became a partner in the law firm Turner Hopkins and Partners. In 1968 he established the first law firm in the Cook Islands.
He has been involved in offshore industry since inception of industry in 1982 and co-founded Cook Islands Trust Corporation in 1998, and Trustees & Fiduciaries (Cook Islands) Ltd in 2015.
In 1978 he became the youngest ever Cabinet Minister in a Cook Islands government. In 1985 he moved to New Zealand as High Commissioner for the Cook Islands in Wellington, New Zealand returning to the Cook Islands in 1998. Over the years he held several public and international positions. He has led numerous international Government negotiations and delegations including, negotiations with ADB to settle government debts with Italian Government, French Government. He led the delegation to the Law of the Sea Conference at the United Nations enabling the Cook Islands to secure its own EEZ Exclusive Economic Zone and all minerals resources in the EEZ. He led negotiations with NZ regarding Cook Islands special relationship with New Zealand. He was also responsible for leading negotiations with several other countries and international agencies.
He has written several articles and research papers on constitutional law, international relations. In 1997 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire OBE by Her Majesty the Queen.