Peter was born and raised in Palmerston North. He attended local schools and in his senior schooling years and early working life played rugby for Freyberg Old Boys Rugby Football Club.
He spent 20 years working in the retail tyre industry, most of this time spent as Branch Manager. A goal of his was to own a business before his 40th birthday – he achieved this and is now busy responding to the operational requirements of Car and Commercial Rentals Limited.
Michelle moved with her family to Palmerston North at the age of 13 and attended Freyberg High School. After various administrative jobs Michelle began working for a Palmerston North based company specialising in long term leasing of heavy commercial vehicles. As the company expanded she moved in to a sales role, a role she remained in for 14 years, during which time the company changed in structure and ownership several times.