Having been brought up in a farming environment both Dairy and Dry Stock, Derek left school and went farming for a number of years. The opportunity then arose for him to get involved in the relatively new and exciting kiwifruit industry.
After 20 years, three orchards, a contracting and bee-keeping business, Derek moved to Rotorua to pursue his rental portfolio. Deciding that town life was not for him he sold and moved to the beautiful Ngakuru/Waikite Valley where he lives today. Derek lives there on his 10 acre lifestyle block and farms his dairy support block right next door.