David grew up in Mangere, South Auckland. He has a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology from Auckland University where he focused on Pacific culture and history. David has worked as a researcher for the MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (Canterbury University) and as a freelance writer. He has 19 years’ experience as a high school English and Drama teacher in South Auckland. In 2009, David’s rap club for disengaged students featured on Television New Zealand. In 2011, his play, Rock Bottom, was shortlisted in Playmarket’s Plays for the Young competition. In 2012, Little Island Press published David’s first book for teenagers - We Are the Rock, a collection of profiles of achievers who have Niuean ancestry. In 2016, two of David’s books – Samoan Heroes and Jammin’ with Steven Adams - won Storylines Notable Book Awards. Tongan Heroes is his tenth book to date.