Michael Butler was born at Howick in 1951. His parents are Desmond and Ailsa Butler. At the time of his birth they were residing in Minerva Tce, Howick. Ailsa's parents Frank and Lily Irvine had farmed the area. After World War II the farm was subdivided and each child received a piece of land as a gift. Ailsa received hers when she married. Howick in 1951 had a population of 2112. By 1970 that had increased to 10,850. 
In 1956 Michael started school at Howick District High School. In 1961 Pakuranga College was built and the District High School renamed Howick School. The next year Owairoa School was established as the third primary school in the rapidly growing town and Michael was a founding pupil of that school. In 1964 Michael started attending Pakuranga College. In 1970 he started study at Auckland University. During his second year at university Michael left the family home and started flatting. While university was a great success socially it was not so academically. In 1972 Michael gave up study.
In 1973 Michael left Auckland. After a year in Wellington he moved to Dunedin. In late 1974 he and Lynley Brown moved to Wellington living initially in Wallace St, Mt Cook. On 28 Jan 1975 Michael and Lynley married. In late 1975 they purchased a house in Mt Victoria in jointly with Alison Dye Michael's sister.
In 1977 Michael started training as a COBOL programmer at New Zealand Post Office. Since then Michael has worked as a programmer at NZ Dairy Board, Telecom, Westpac and ANZ recently celebrating 40 years of COBOL programming.
The marriage ended in 1980 but Michael remained in Mt Victoria until his second marriage also ended in 1991. After a winter in Brooklyn Michael moved to Island Bay where he lived until 2020 when he moved to Levin.
A big change in Michael's lifestyle came in 1991 when Kate persuaded Michael to get a dog. For the 26 years since dogs have been a major part of Michael's life. Michael has competed in dog agility throughout the length of the country. In 2011 Michael and Rapid, a border collie did a 2326km walk around South Island raising funds for NZ Cancer Society. A more modest walk of 1200km along the east coast of North Island with Idol and Toby was commenced in 2016. The finish was delayed 12 months when Michael broke his leg with a bit over half completed. This was finished in 2017.
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