After completing his post graduate medical studies overseas, John returned to New Zealand with Olga and their children for seven years. In 1974 John became the consultant rheumatologist at Bedford Hospital, England. Since 2002 Olga and John have lived in Christchurch, New Zealand, John’s home town. The history buff John is a former New Zealand athletics champion and decathlete. He has written a book called New Zealand: Paradise Squandered.