I was born in New Zealand, and trained as a National Park Ranger, and then completed my Master of Applied Science, at Lincoln University near Christchurch in 1985. In the 1980's I traveled and worked overseas in Alaska, the United Kingdom, Africa, Russia and the Pacific.Since 1989 I have worked mostly in the central Pacific - first aboard my Sailing Vessel Te Manu (1989-1999) and then aboard the catamaran R/V Bounty Bay (2002-2009).These voyages included many scientific research projects, mainly at the Pitcairn Islands, French Polynesia, Cook Islands and the Phoenix Islands, either doing the research or providing transport for scientists, government officials, tourists or film crews.As part of this I completed my Doctorate (in Zoology) at the University of Oxford in 1995. My thesis was on the bird extinctions of the Pitcairn Islands - looking at the impact of humans on the natural environment.I married Ulamila Vakalalabure in 2006, and we have two young children (Jean & Tevita) to occupy our time. We live in a beach house in the picturesque village of Natewa, in Fiji. Nowadays, most of my time is spent organising adventure tourist and science voyages for other people. But a complete metamorphosis into a total "landlubber" is not very likely for me, as I can be found aboard our vessel on some of the more interesting voyages - especially if it involves visiting remote uninhabited islands.
My Favorite Places:
Africa, Alaska and the Pacific Islands - I caught the travel bug on a 5 month VW 'kombi' van trip from Alaska, via Canada, and a big loop around the USA to Mexico.
After that it was an Africa overland trip from London to Cape Town (six months on the road) that I will never forget. Our route was via the Middle East, including Syria, Sinai, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia and on down the east side of Africa to the very southern tip.
Being an avid birder and photographer, Africa is not to be missed, especailly if you have time to enjoy the wide open spaces of the Sahara, the Mountains of the Moon and Rift Valley.
My next big overland journey was also to Africa, From London to Tanzania via West Africa and the Congo. To top this off I spend two months digging fossils in the central Sahara with the British museum - Wow.
For the last twenty years I have explored the Pacific, both for work and for pleasure - and this seems an endlessly enjoyable occupation. After all, there is still more islands to visit, so why stop now.