The New Zealand First Team
Anthony Odering, Candidate for Waitaki
Born and raised in the Manawatu to working-class industrial parents, Anthony's early life and training revolved around the family horticultural business. His mother's parents were Taranaki farmers and his father's parents were Cantabrian plantsmen.
Having already received qualifications in early education in horticulture, Anthony later graduated from University with a Diploma in Horticulture.
Anthony's great-great-grandparents emigrated from the United Kingdom to Southland and Canterbury and my family generations have lived here ever since. Two decades ago I made Otago my home marrying a ‘local girl.’ Being a family man, he loves his native Aotearoa-New Zealand, it’s beauty, it’s people and my God.
During the harsh realities of the New Zealand economy through the ’80s and ’90s, Anthony went where the work was to support his young family. The upside to that is the opportunity provided to expand his skill-set in related trades. During this time he worked in forestry; landscape construction and spent almost a decade employed in the water supply maintenance industry.
The business training he received as a youth, combined with a blue-collar career, has provided him with the experience to understand the importance of having a balance between management and labour. Living through the social and economic experiment that has swept the globe and blighted these times, Anthony, like thousands of others, know what redundancy, unemployment or the ‘burst of the housing bubble’ looks, smells and tastes like.
With regards to my philosophy on life, Anthony recognises and embraces the cultural diversity that is New Zealand, and earnestly support the tenets of the UN declaration of human rights, believing in the right of all mankind to live in peace and harmony, with freedom of thought and the right to spiritual devotion, or
not, if people so choose. There’s no denying that the World is in crisis, requiring wise governance to navigate the path to recovery, and more prosperous and happier times, where a family may once again afford a crib, (and a boat), with the roads full of holidaymakers on long weekends.
It is the responsibility of this generation to ensure our descendants get a fair go, and that our country returns to Equal opportunity for all.