I am a second generation New Zealander the third son of Ian Arthur and Ivy Heather MacEwan and Grandson of James Ballantyne and Mary Elizabeth MacEwan. J B MacEwan, Founder of the firm of MacEwan and Co., was born in Canada, where he gained his early experience in connection with the dairy industry. He came to New Zealand in the year 1894, under engagement to the New Zealand Department of Agriculture, as Dairy Commissioner; but retired from the office in one year and eight months later, and founded his business.
I played rugby for Wellington from 1954 through to 1967 playing 132 times for the provincial team. Played for the All Blacks from 1956 to 1962 playing 55 times which included 20 Test matches. I played all my club rugby in Wellington for the Athletic Rugby Football Club. I learnt the skills of the game while at Nelson College.
My work experiences include School Teacher, Shipping, Travel Agent, Public Relations Officer for Palmerston North, Executive Director for Prison Fellowship of New Zealand, Chaplain Manawatu Prison.
I married Jeannette Moulder (originally from Nelson) in Dunedin on the 21st May 1958. Jeannette and I have four wonderful children. Douglas (1959) Bruce (1961) Angus (1964) Jeannie (1968) and have10 grandchildren – Neven, Christopher, Lachie, Jayne, Elena, Campbell, Brenna, Alyssa, Joseph, and Alexander. Jeannette and I have both retired and still live in Palmerston North.
On the 29th of October 2005 I retired from the chaplaincy role at Manawatu Prison.
I am now a Marriage and Funeral Celebrant, and I facilitate "The Anger Cracker" Programme for groups.