Born in a log cabin he helped his father to build, Gareth was raised by a pack of Labradors when mysteriously orphaned at three months.
Overcoming his lack of human communication, he learned English from multiple viewings of early Disney cartoons.
His journalistic work featured in early issues of North & South magazine and he is still a regular contributor. His interests are cartoon ducks and chasing postmen.
He lives north of Auckland with his long-suffering partner Kate and two Dogs.