Ted is married with eight adult children. He is Kiwi, Samoan and Tongan. He is Catholic. He was raised in Otara from 1961, and lived there for most of his life.
Ted works as a Criminal Barrister, and he has been practicing mainly in South Auckland for almost 30 years. He has degrees in Law, Psychology and Cellular and Molecular Biology (LLB, BA, BSc).
He lived in the Outback of Australia for some time with his family, and was in Norforce 7MD army reserves. He has also lived in England and Samoa. After returning to New Zealand, he became involved in the Otara and South Auckland community, including three years on the Otara Community Board, and as Chair of the PI Advisory committee to the Manukau city council, Deputy Chair of Hillary and Tangaroa College Boards of Trustees, councillor on the Auckland District Law Society and many other organisations.
His main concerns are the increasing cost of housing and the way that drives poverty, the need for education and opportunities for our children in lower socio-economic areas, and many issues around health.
The fact that housing is completely unaffordable for many people in Auckland now is a central issue for Ted. He points out that it enriches banks, speculators and raises a lot of tax money for the government, but it crushes the poor. After people pay their rent, there is little left to pay for food and other living costs. This increases poverty and suffering, destroys communities, and creates the landed and the landless.
Without good education and opportunities, the children of the disadvantaged are condemned to the same life.
Changes over the last 10 or more years especially have tripled our prison population, but have done little to reduce crime, as the courts are overrun. Justice is being whittled out of the Justice system.
These issues are not what we want in New Zealand.
Ted strives to help our people achieve a better life for us and for our children.
He believes in strong family values, the importance of human life, the protection of our human and civil rights, and the accountability of government.