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).
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Shafts of Strife
by David Bates
The New Zealand government – led by autocratic Prime Minister Wynyard Nairn – approves the establishment of a USA naval facility, and in the middle of Wellington’s pristine harbour. Given the anti-nuclear stance in the country, all hell breaks out!
A story of democratic power and protest!
Beneath the Cherry Tree
by David Bates
Old friends from way back to the war days, meeting as young soldiers, now dying as old lawyers.
Together, one way or another, all of that time, through war and love and the law…
Robert Paul’s personal attributes quickly brought him success as a commercial lawyer. Now, he was dead.
Judge Frederick Dalton's cancer robs the eminent High Court judge of his life before blackmail can be effected ...
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