Student, Nelson College, New Zealand, 1949-1952; student, Christchurch Teachers College, 1953-1954; student, Trinity Theological College, Auckland, New Zealand, 1958-1960; diploma in Teaching, Canterbury U., Christchurch, New Zealand, 1963.
Teacher, Nelson Education Board, 1955-1956; Methodist minister, Spreydon, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1960-1966; Methodist minister, Masterton, New Zealand, 1967-1971; teacher, Wanganui High School, New Zealand, 1972; member, Wairarapa Labour Electorate Committee, Wanganui, 1969-1971; Member of Parliament, Parliament, New Zealand, 1972-1990; Member of Parliament, Labour education spokesman, Parliament, New Zealand, 1975-1984; Chief Opposition Whip, Parliament, 1978-1979; member, Labour Party Executive, 1977-1978; minister education, Government New Zealand, 1984-1987; minister environmental, Government New Zealand, 1984-1986; minister conservation, Government New Zealand, 1986-1987; minister foreign affairs, disarmament and arms control, Government New Zealand, 1987-1990; minister, Pacific Island Affairs, 1988-1990.
Member Wanganui City Council, 1983-1984, Wanganui Regional Development Council, 1973-1990. Chairman national commission Unesco, since 1990, Africa Information Center, since 1991.
Children: Philip, Timothy, Susannah. Married Barbara May Watson, January 14, 1961.