The Royal New Zealand Artillery
Tony was born on 8 June 1951 at Devonport, Auckland. He attended Westlake Boys High School 1964-68.
He joined the NZ Army in Jan 1969 and attended the Royal Military College of Australia, Duntroon (1969 -1972). He graduated in Dec 1972 with a BA (Military Studies) as a Lieutenant into the Royal New Zealand Artillery. After serving as a platoon commander with the first two Territorial Force Intakes, he was posted to 4(G) Medium Battery as the cadre officer (`73-`74) and then 161 Battery as the GPO (`75).
He was then posted to the School of Artillery as an IG ('76-'77), followed by 15 months as ADC to the Governor General, Sir Keith Holyoake. In 1979 he spent a year as an UNMO in UNTSO (Sinai, Golan Heights) before heading on a 6 months OE in Europe.
On return to NZ he spent 9 months as FOO 161 Battery, and then 12 months attending the Long Gunnery Course (8101) in Gagetown, Canada, after which he was posted back to Waiouru as Chief Instructor School of Artillery for 3 1/2 years ('82-'85). He then attended the Australian Army Command and Staff College (`86), and spent 6 months as SO2 Ops at 3 Task Force (ChCh) before being promoted to Lt Colonel and posted to Director of Artillery, AGS, Wellington (Jun`87-Dec`88).
He retired from the NZ Army on completion of 20 years service in Jan 1989.
Tony has spent the past 20+ years as a self-employed businessman, including owner-operator of a supermarket (Wellington), and property development and property management (Auckland). In conjunction with his wife, Mary, he is currently involved in a retail business and an Early Childhood Education business in Auckland.
Tony has been married to Mary for over 30 years and they have three adult children: Anthony a former RNZA Officer currently travelling; Catherine a graduate of Yale University and currently coaching squash professionally in USA; and Rachel a High School teacher currently teaching at Westlake Boys High School.
Tony was appointed as a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand in June 2013.