Graham was born in Opunake and attended Stratford High School. He left school to do engineering.
Graham was from a farming background and always loved farming. At 20, after purchasing 80 cows, Graham and wife Vanda started their 50/50 journey. They spent nine years on three jobs around Central Taranaki, increasing cow numbers as they moved.
In 1987 they bought their first farm, sold 200 cows and moved to Inglewood to milk 160 cows. They are still there today and have got bigger over time, up to 1900 cows on three farms.
Graham joined the Stratford Demonstration Farm as a Young Farmers rep and is still there today as a committee member. He joined the TARS Trust committee about 2000 and when the research farms joined together to form Dairy Trust Taranaki, Graham became the Deputy Chairman, a role he held from 2016-2020.
Graham has met a lot of like-minded people and has really enjoyed his connections with outside organisations. It has been a great journey.