At church, we were taught that Islam was not a very good thing. I don’t need to go into the detail there, so early on my experience with Islam was really negative, what the media had portrayed to me.
I was born in New Zealand in 1972, in a little town called Reefton, which is on the west coast of the South Islands.
I was adopted to some new parents, Keith and Darrel, who looked after me very well, and I moved with them to most of the places in New Zealand, and spent a little bit of time overseas.
I was brought up in a Christian home, and my father was a Baptist minister, so he was actually a clergyman or a minister of the church, and we would travel around with him to a church that he was placed at. It was a really really good upbringing, I was brought up with the ethics in the belief system of the Bible obviously and Christianity. It was a really good foundation for me in my life.