Dave is a mainlander, born in Christchurch but with family roots firmly planted in the Maniatoto, Central Otago. He arrived in the US in 1980, on his way through to Europe on an OE, but found in Washington DC a local Kiwi population that seemed to be having fun so he stayed….for 37 years.
Married to Caren, and with two American born but NZ-identifying daughters Virginia and Kate, Dave worked initially for the NZ Embassy for 8 years, then moved into the real world by being part of a partnership that owned and operated a number of retail Bagel shops in the greater DC area until 2004. He and Caren currently own a company that services restaurants locally.
Dave helped the writer of this newsletter form the Washington DC chapter of Kea New Zealand in 2008, and served as its coordinator until 2012, when all Kea chapters in North America were closed. However the members reformed as Kia Ora DC Kiwis, and that sparked the formation of Kia Ora groups all over North America to replace Kea. The Kiwi community in Washington DC is fantastic, as it is in other parts of the country, and plays a big part in his life.
Dave has immersed himself in the history of the area, especially the American Civil War, and competes in live fire competition of civil war weapons, his highlight being winning a national medal as team commander of a civil war cannon team. (Caren says he’s just a big kid, and that’s hard to deny). He and Caren are also beekeepers.