Odering confirms he's NZ First's man for city seat

Last updated 12:56 07/10/2008

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Experienced campaigner Graham Odering stands by conservative moral values, while making a pitch for middle-ground voters.

Mr Odering has been confirmed as NZ First's candidate for Palmerston North, having also stood in 2005.

A Labour-Greens coalition would be "appalling" and National-ACT "just as bad", he said. "I'm highly against extreme left and extreme right."

Mr Odering, a Freemason, said child discipline legislation was an "invasion on the proper bringing up of children".

He also objected to decriminalisation of prostitution and the introduction of civil unions.

"Decency is going out," he said.

In 1957, Mr Odering bought a run-down nursery in Cook Street.

He retired in 1993 and he has since been involved in politics off and on as the local chairman for NZ First.

Mr Odering said there was a smear campaign against his leader Winston Peters "as vengeance for his success against the wealthy who were brought to justice with the Wine Box" tax inquiry.

"With a clear conscience we make our stand, even though we have little money and reducing membership through old age, sickness and media persecution."

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- Manawatu Standard

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