Derek was born and raised in the Hutt Valley. He obtained his LLB from Victoria University, Wellington in 1972 and has now completed over 40 years in practice as a solicitor.

He has practiced as a solicitor in Wellington, Carterton, Morrinsville, West Auckland and since 1998 as a solicitor and now Associate with Miller Poulgrain.

Derek is married to Lena and they live in the Kauaeranga Valley with a dog, two cats, a pig and four sheep. He is the current President of the Thames Harness Racing Club and enjoys following most sports.

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