Paul was born and spent his primary years in Wellington city in Karori. When he was about to enter secondary school his parents relocated to the Kapiti coast, so he went to Kapiti College while living in Raumati South. Paul has lived and worked nationally and internationally, and three years ago decided to come to Nelson.
Throughout his life, Paul has been in the army, worked for the police and as a tertiary teacher and most recently was a Health and Safety Manager at Sealord in Nelson. A couple of years ago Paul experienced a minor stroke, which resulted in 6 months of rehab and his resignation from Sealord. Paul was assigned to Workbridge from which he attained two part time jobs; gardening and looking after dogs at a kennel, and he also volunteered at the SPCA as he loves working with animals. Paul struggled to get full time work that was meaningful to him, and so returned to study. He wanted to do something he was really passionate about, which has always been art, so he chose to do a Bachelor of Arts and Media at NMIT. Paul would potentially like to return to teaching as an art teacher.
In his spare time Paul enjoys computer gaming with his son which is when he feels he loses track of time. His most defining moments throughout his life were while he was working for the police and his divorce. If given the opportunity Paul would go to the future to see what his children and grandchildren were getting up to. Paul’s top three values in life are kindness, truthfulness and ‘do no harm’, and if he were to realistically change one thing about the world, it would be gender and sexual orientation equality.