Before migrating to New Zealand in 1992, John had a background in business and management. In New Zealand, he attained degrees in Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Education in Counselling (Honours).
John has 16+ years of counselling experience and has been elected to the Governance Boards of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers and the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand.
John was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to the ethnic community. John has a strong interest in problem gambling and is committed to helping new migrants in their settlement process.