After completing his legal studies, Simon practised as a litigation and insurance lawyer in Auckland before embarking on his OE. He was en route to London when the 1987 stock market crash hit, causing him to change careers when an immediate future in bankruptcy law failed to appeal. Tourism beckoned and Simon spent the next six years as a freelance tour director, sharing his passion for things European with thousands of tourists from around the world. Since returning to New Zealand in 1993, Simon has been employed by TVNZ as a presenter for 1 NEWS and has anchored programmes right across TVNZ's news and current affairs stable. In April 2017, he joined our expanding new media team and Simon will now be dividing his time between TVNZ and NBR.