Trent is originally from Patumahoe, South Auckland, and after a long and circuitous route around the globe has called Wellington home since 2012.
Trent graduated from the University of Waikato in 2001 with a First Class Honours Bachelor degree in Social Sciences and would have promptly failed Study to Work immigration instructions if they applied by obtaining a Retail Manager job working for Australasia’s largest video lending library as a shift manager. After eighteen months of enduring Auckland city’s horrendous traffic, he left New Zealand for a planned 12 month stint teaching English as a second language in South Korea. He returned to New Zealand 6 years later.
Trent’s interest in immigration stemmed from his experience with obtaining visas for himself for the many countries he has lived and worked in over the years (15 to date, more are planned). Upon returning to New Zealand, Trent worked for Immigration New Zealand as a Customer Service Officer for the INZ Contact Centre in Auckland, followed by secondments to the Central Student Processing Unit branch, (based in Auckland), and the Wellington Area Office, also based in Auckland. After a weekend holiday in Wellington it was obvious that there was nowhere else in New Zealand he would rather live, and a permanent transfer to INZ’s Wellington office was arranged.
From INZ Wellington, Trent was recruited by Fragomen, the world’s oldest immigration advisory firm, and obtained his Immigration Advisor License with straight A+ grades from the Bay of Plenty Polytech. Trent moved to Ernst & Young’s immigration team in 2015 as a Senior Consultant.
After 2 years at Ernst & Young, Trent obtained his dream job as a Case Manager with Pathways to New Zealand.
Trent is a member of the New Zealand Association of Immigration Professionals (NZAIP) and New Zealand Association of Migration and Investment (NZAMI).
When not working, Trent fills his days spending too much of his disposable income on concerts, film festivals, growing his music and book collection, and worrying that the weight of his books will collapse the floor of the top story flat that he shares with his Malaysia born-and-raised Lawyer partner, Raina, in central Wellington.