Matthew was born in Taihape and finished his schooling at Palmerston North Boys High. He then kept the family tradition intact and studied accounting at Massey University until 2004. In between studies, he worked seasons on different thoroughbred horse studs around NZ and in the UK. In 2005 Matthew took up an opportunity to play cricket in England before settling back in his home town and joining the Ryan, Thomas team in 2010.  Matthew and his partner Francina Dowman have a son Max; he is a life member of his cricket club in Palmerston North and is actively involved in the local golf club and charity to upgrade local community facilities.