I was born in the village of Netley Abbey, in the County of Hampshire, England in December 1955.
Our family stayed there until 1964 when we migrated to New Zealand eventually coming to live at East Tamaki (now Botany Downs) before settling at Wood Bay in Titirangi in the 1970’s. .
My brother and I were educated at local schools – East Tamaki Primary School and Baird’s Road Intermediate. Neil attended Otara College (as it then was), Penrose High School and we then both attended Avondale College.
I went on to study law at the University of Auckland graduating in September 1980 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. Subsequently I obtained admissions to practice law in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Island and have lived and worked in those countries as well as Australia and the Republic of South Africa.
Whilst in South Africa I studied law at the University of South Africa (Unisa) and practiced law as an articled clerk..
Neil (also known as Eagle Neil) has walked a different path and has attended Art School and is the only white Te Moko artist in New Zealand history and is well known around the world as one of New Zealand’s top tattoo artists.