Bruce was born in Kaeo in the far north on the edge of Waitaruke, a Maori Settlement, into a large, poor and dysfunctional family. In his mid-teens he met the dhamma and started developing a career in building, painting, poetry, busking and writing.
He married at 19 and had a daughter but, alas, separation from the loved... things generally fell apart through both death and disappearance. Many years were spent traveling supported by building and art with large murals in Greece, Thailand, Mexico, India and Canada.
Since the late '80s years have been spent in Buddhist centers in Australia and New Zealand. Bruce arrived at Bodhinyanarama in 2013 and has contributed generously to many building projects.