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
- Careful planning
- Community consultation
- Sustainable development
- Prudent financial stewardship
- 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.