Former New Zealand chess player known for his proficiency in speed chess. He was the subject of the award-winning documentary Dark Horse.
He used chess as a way to help underprivileged children in New Zealand, founding The Eastern Knights chess club.
He suffered from bi-polar disorder, a struggle which was looked at in Dark Horse.
He was of Maori descent. He died in 2011.
In 2014, Dark Horse was turned into a feature film in which he was portrayed by Cliff Curtis.