Born Dunedin, New Zealand, 1949. Primary and secondary schooling in Cook Islands and New Zealand. Graduated BA (1971) and LlB (1973) from Auckland University. Admitted as barrister and solicitor of NZ High Court in 1974 and commenced employment with Chapman Tripp. Joined Short & Tylor in 1975 in Cook Islands, (first private law firm in the Cook Islands). Currently holds licence as barrister.
Founded Southpac Trust Company Ltd in 1983, and Cook Islands Trust Corporation in 1998, both as 50% shareholder. Since 1987, principally engaged in providing legal services to offshore industry. Work has included development of various financial and legislative products, most important of which was development of asset protection legislation targeting the US market in late 1980’s. This was a world first, and the Cook Islands continues to retain top position in this industry despite many countries (and even several US states) copying our legislation. Subsequent to developing this initial legislation, engaged in marketing asset protection products for more than 2 decades. During this period has been a guest speaker at a number of international conferences in both the USA and Europe, and has published numerous articles on aspects of asset protection in international journals.
In 2002 founded New Zealand Trust & Investment Corporation Ltd, a New Zealand trustee company, as 50% shareholder. Developed new products into European marketplace, with emphasis on application of tax treaties. Responsible for marketing and development of new business.
In response to a number of problems within the offshore industry, promoted the formation of the Financial Services Development Authority as interface body between industry and Government. Appointed by Minister of Finance as industry member.
Founded Trustees & Fiduciaries (Cook Islands) Ltd in 2015.