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The Royal New Zealand Navy as a young seaman preceded an early career in the New Zealand Police. He married, there were children while he studied for his law degree. Over the ensuing years he rose to Inspector level, the last six as a Legal Adviser at Police National Headquarters. In 1981 David Bates resigned to practise in criminal law. In 1989, the Government appointed him District Inspector for Mental Health, a position he continued in conjunction with his legal practice for some years. He has since practised as a barrister-sole, specialising in criminal, traffic, youth, and mental health law.
He reads and enjoys writing, cruise ship holidays, and red wine – not necessarily in that order.
Previous publications include the original Beneath the Cherry Tree 2009 and The Making of Travis, 2012, two Children’s Books Poppa - There’s a Hole In Your Eugenia, 2010, and My Sister Morgan Rose 2012– all published by Polygraphia Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand.
Six specialty law books as author or co-author. Published by The Law Book Company, Australia; Butterworths Publishers; Brooker & Friend Ltd (NZ).