From 1983 till 2016 I was a sworn member of Police, retiring from Police in 2016 at the rank of Inspector. Between 1998 and 2012 I was the Manager Licencing and Vetting, and then I relieved the Arms Control position until March 2013. As Manager Licensing and Vetting I had national responsibility for the coordination of arms control. Part of my role involved policy, legislation and practice of firearms control and licencing.
Except for a few brief months following my transfer I am the last permanent appointee to the arms control position in NZ Police.
I was on the delegation for two UN seminars: one a regional seminar in Fiji, the other, in 2006, a two- week meeting at New York on the Programme of Action on the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons. I also advised the Law and Order Select Committee on arms amendments and represented Police in media relating to the safe use and control of firearms at a national level. I am a member of the international reference group for the development of the UN International Standards for Arms Control. I am also a certified range inspecting officer and have trained as a range conducting officer with NZ Deerstalkers Association.
I am warranted as a Firearms Safety Instructor by NZ Police.
I have published research into incidents in which one deer hunter shot and killed another.
I hold a current New Zealand Firearms Licence.
I am currently a Lay Pastoral Leader with the Catholic Church, based in Wellington South.