David is Samoan and works as a Pacific health consultant. He is married with five children and lives in Auckland. He is a graduate of Canterbury University.

David's career in mental health spans more than 15 years. Prior to switching his career to mental health in 1995, he worked in marketing and became well travelled throughout the pacific and other parts of the world. He has been involved in the establishment and development of Pacific mental health services in New Zealand since 1995 and has written and presented many papers on Pacific mental health and a strong advocate for Pacific people.