Kia ora! I come from a farming district in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

After completing my secondary education, I trained in photography and publishing. I continued this until I left New Zealand in 1995 to backpack on an overseas experience (OE).

When I returned to New Zealand in 1998, I undertook a psychology degree through Massey University while working part-time as a communications and study-skills tutor at Eastern Institute of Technology.

In 2008, I completed a Masters Degree in Education with an honours endorsement. In the same year, I left EIT and co-founded a training company, The Pacific Institute (TPI NZ), with Ian Richards, under the banner of The Pacific Institute (Asia/Pacific).

In 2010, TPI became Innervate  and we continue to offer a diverse range of performance and well-being training and seminars across all sectors. We also use our charitable trust, Quest Foundation, to support people wishing to undertake our youth training.

Throughout these years I continued to follow my passion for writing. I wrote and had published many educational books, with 'Passing Exams for Dummies' selling very well internationally. I also continued my creative writing projects with a growing interest in writing for children and telling stories about New Zealand's history.