Born in New Zealand Dirk lived his teenage years through to his mid 20’s with his family in The Netherlands where he studied graphic design at The School of Fine Arts Academy Minerva in the Dutch university city of Groningen.
In his late 20’s he returned to New Zealand and has lived and worked here ever since as a design and marketing professional in the design, advertising, web and architecture industries.
Dirk’s number one passion and hobby is snow skiing and to finance this hobby he has worked in the weekends on Mt Ruapehu as a ski patroller. This experience of providing assistance to injured people inspired him to join The Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club as a volunteer lifeguard and he is still currently active in the club as a lifeguard, rookie instructor and Lifesaving Convenor.
Other hobbies and interests include art & design, travel, tramping and Latin dancing.