Outside of work, my passions are and have included playing rugby, studying mau rakau with Te Whare Tū Taua, or doing kapa haka. I have been performed at both local and international levels with Te Aute College at the National Polynesian Festival (as it was called in 1981) and with the New Zealand Te Hokowhitu a Tūmatauenga group at the Royal Tournament at Earl's Court in London, which we did for 21 days straight.
My vision impairment is a progressive condition, getting worse the older I get. This had led me always having to find new ways to adapt to the world around me. In the early 2000s, my eyes got to a point where I could no longer hold a driver’s licence, so started using my bicycle as my number one form of transport. In cycling to and from Linton Army Camp for 10 years, I covered roughly 50,000 km. Recently, in the late 2010s, I had to adapt again as my eyesight did not allow me to ride a bike, so walking has now become my primary method of transport.