Brought up in a far-left coal mining community and came to NZ when the opportunity arose. Made a career working for blue-chip companies both here and overseas. Developed a later career working on business development projects in the developing world and have worked under democracies, communist states and military dictatorships. Have worked on UN and NGO projects as well as government-sponsored aid packages. As a result, have a healthy cynicism and an interest in geopolitics.