I was originally born in Auckland but then raised in Upper Hutt, Wellington. During this time I travelled with my family to Australia on three separate occasions accumulating a total of living in Australia for 6 years. During this time I attended primary school for two years, then on the second trip I attended college then on the third trip I attended the local polytechnic to complete a Diploma in Information Technology.
After living in Australia for three years I returned to New Zealand and moved down to Christchurch with my brother. My brother started studying engineering where as I, not sure what to study at university, decided to find a full time job instead. After working for a few years I knew what I wanted to study at university, Religious Studies and Philosophy. I started studying for my degree at University of Canterbury for two years I found myself longing to head back up to Wellington – I am a Wellington lad at heart.
On return to Wellington I signed up for Victoria University of Wellington to complete my degree at which point I found out that by adding a few extra papers to my degree I could turn the Bachelor of Arts into a Double Major. This year (2011) I officially graduate with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Religious Studies and Philosophy – specialising in Islam (Religious Studies), the nature of reality (Philosophy) and their relationship with each other.
As for my religious background, I am a Reconstructionist Jew with Existentialist leanings but I equally embrace all aspects of Judaism, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist traditions.