Rimutaka electorate candidate – Conservative
Where did you grow up?
‘I was born and spent my early years in the small South Otago town of Milton. It was a hub for the farming area of the Tokomairiro Plain. Its main industry was its woollen mill. Signs at bridges at the north and south ends of the town proclaimed “Milton – Home of Bruce Woollens”. It was the major employer and my father was its principal woolclasser. It is still very recognisable from my youth.’
Tell us about a favourite childhood memory…
‘I recall one summer holidays travelling the 10 miles with cousins to stay at their crib (southern translation of Bach) on the Pacific Coast at Toko Mouth. Brilliant weather, massive sand dunes, catching trout from the river, and living without electricity or other modern conveniences. At Hogmanay (Scottish for New Year’s Eve) we had a huge bonfire at the camping ground and fireworks under a brilliant starry sky. Priceless!’
When did you know you’d work in politics? Was it in childhood? Later?
‘My father was very politically active and turned down an opportunity to become a Member of Parliament in order to devote his energies to supporting my mother in raising our family. My interest stemmed from listening to him and then participating in debates and in voting in every election. I have become a candidate because I realise none of the other parties are willing to tackle issues crucial to the protection of innocent human life.’
What is your greatest glory? (This could be in adulthood.)
‘I hesitate to call it my “greatest glory” but there is no doubt in my mind that our successful lasting marriage and the family it has procreated is the most significant achievement, if that is the correct term, in my life. Society requires new generations of citizens for its very survival. The challenge is to provide the children with which we are blessed with life’s basic necessities – protection and sustenance – in a loving environment and to ensure that they are given the opportunity to flourish and find happiness. We are fortunate that the sound example we received from our parents has been passed on to two additional generations. The natural family is the cornerstone of society and, in its multi-generational form, we are helping to provide the pillars of stability for a strong nation.’