An adopted son of the region, Paul (and his wife Susette) moved to Taranaki from Canterbury in 1976 and raised their three children. He was a founding Trustee of the Taranaki Arts Festival, the international WOMAD Festival in New Zealand and, of course, Taranaki Foundation. Paul is a Trustee and the current Chair of Puke Ariki museum and library and is a member of NZ Historic Places Trust.
Paul spent 20 years as the Senior Director at Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects and is currently its “Architect at Large” — acting as project lead architect, project finder and mentor for the firm. Paul and his family share their time between Taranaki, Wellington, Ruapehu and wider New Zealand. His particular interests include: Family, big-picture issues around the community, environment, education, arts and culture, urban studies, architecture and design, water sports (surfing, surf life-saving, swimming and sailing) plus the charitable activities of Taranaki Foundation and Community Foundations NZ.