Lucky bastards in Timaru actually have someone decent to vote for


I’m Jock Anderson, a 69-year young semi-retired journalist, columnist, commentator, scribbler and Independent candidate for the District Council Timaru Ward.

[My correct first name is Russell but, as a Scotsman, I have been known as Jock professionally for 50 years, everyone calls me Jock and Jock is my name on the ballot paper.]

As South Islanders originally from Dunedin, my girlfriend Lorraine Craighead and I chose to move to Timaru with our Tonkinese cat Clio because we like it here.

We bought a house with an adjoining section where we are building a new home.

  • I did five years as a reporter at the Otago Daily Times,
  • 18 years with NZ Truth in Wellington and Christchurch,
  • 10 years running my own community newspaper in Canterbury,
  • followed by 13 years with the National Business Review in Auckland, including a stint as investigations editor and chief reporter.
  • For four years in the mid-1990s I was a part time print journalism tutor alongside Dale McCord at Aoraki Polytechnic.
  • Earlier in my career I was involved with the New Zealand Journalists’ Union.

I am a regular commentator on topics of the day on Larry Williams’ NewstalkZB show and Jim Mora’s Panel on Radio NZ. I produced the current affairs TV show “Eye to Eye” with Willie Jackson for TVNZ and after leaving NBR in 2014 I continued to write “CaseLoad” – a weekly law-related column with a touch of humour for the New Zealand Herald.

I write lawyer profiles for the New Zealand Law Society and contribute a monthly column to Cameron Slater’s INCITE:Politics.

My life in journalism has made me a good listener, plain speaker, sensible thinker and fair player.

Check out my website at Caseload.


I offer Timaru District citizens:

  • A fresh, no nonsense approach
  • Innovation
  • Careful planning
  • Community consultation
  • Sustainable development
  • Transparency
  • Prudent financial stewardship
  • Encouragement
  • Progress
  • Your vote for me as an Independent “fresh blood”

Candidate will ensure:

  • Your voice is heard,
  • Your concerns are shared
  • Your ideas are acted on
  • And things get done

Together we will make Timaru, its economy, environment and people, thrive.

That’s why I want to represent you on the Timaru District Council.

  • Cadwallader

    This guy is a treasure. I hope Timaru voters appreciate him.

  • Damon Mudgway

    Good luck Jock, but being the sensible hard working bloke you are, I have this funny feeling Local Council will frustrate the heck out of you. If only everyone on council could be as pragmatic.

  • sandalwood789

    Speaking of “someone decent to vote for” – I saw that David Rankin is standing for council in West Auckland (I think). If only he were standing for the Auckland mayoralty! *There* is someone who’s worth voting for.

  • sheppy

    Good luck Jock.,
    If only we had someone like you to vote for in Auckland, at a level where they have any chance whatsoever of saving the place from slowly completing its transformation into just another overcrowded, faceless, congested, “livable for a select few” international hellhole.

  • XCIA

    Good luck Jock! If I were down there you would have my vote.