Who are you?
Born in Timaru, my farming parents Barbara and Ernie Wilson moved to Mimihau near Wyndham in Eastern Southland when I was five. I had a wonderful childhood growing up on the farm with my younger brother and sister and all the freedom and adventure that entailed. Finishing my Schooling at Menzies College in Wyndham I set out into the workplace Initially working on farms before taking up shearing along with my own run for 10 years, working both here and in Western Australia. Due to back problems I was forced to give up the handpiece and 20 years ago set up a contract hunting and pest control business within which we also have a venison recovery operation, hunting and recovering wild venison from around the South Island with a helicopter. As a partner in a gold mining company this also adds variety to everyday life. I live with my partner and twin girls on the farm we also manage here at Mossburn.
Why politics, why now?
Having watched the systematic destruction of our rights and freedoms by both Labour and National, along with their minor party accomplices over the past few decades, I feel that we are rapidly reaching a tipping point, where if some good people don't step forward and put a stop to this, the wonderful country that we all live in will be gone. I see it as my duty to protect the freedom that our forefathers fought and died for.
Who are your important others and what do they think of your move?
My partner (Wanaka) and the girls (India and Jordan) have been very supportive of my candidacy and help a lot with juggling the hectic campaign schedule and keeping me grounded.
What else have you done in the past, politically?
Past political dalliances involved campaigning over the last three decades on behalf of firearms owners through COLFO and the Parliamentary Select Committee process along with several years as a member of the ACT Party. Over the past twenty-plus years I have also been actively involved with the movement to end the use of aerial 1080 on our public lands and have worked on developing policy to provide an alternative to this destructive and dangerous practice. I am also actively involved in working to restore common law practices, a sound monetary system and government that the people direct and control, not the other way around as has now happened in this country.
Who inspired you most/what influences shaped your thinking?
William Wallace (Braveheart) is perhaps my greatest inspiration. His understanding of the importance of claiming ones birthright, asserting our inalienable rights and freedoms and being prepared to fight and die for them is something to which I hold dear. Our soldiers who sacrificed themselves so that we may be free and how do we best honour them are always at the forefront of my thinking when considering political or governance issues. The writings of Frederic Bastiat, Henry Hazlitt, Ludwig Von Mises, Larken Rose, G Edward Griffin and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn are amongst my favourites as all either espouse the virtuous pursuit of monetary and personal freedom for all, and/or serve to highlight the horrific consequences should a society deviate from those ideals.
How would your policies contribute to the economy and society?
AdvanceNZ's policies are designed and built around the premise that the Government should be there as a protectorate of the peoples rights and freedoms without fear or favour. We are there to restore true monetary and personal freedom back to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand along with control of their politicians through the binding referendum system so successfully used in Switzerland for over 200 years. My personal opinion is that in order to prevent tyranny, the Government should fear the people, not the other way around. The development of our economic policy seeks to provide a sound monetary system, controlled by we the people not the bankers, that frees us individually and as a nation from debt slavery while allowing our economy to prosper. History teaches us the outcome of our current situation. Oh my, how dangerously far we have come the wrong way. We must place the power back in the hands of the people and this election may be the last chance we have to do that. By giving your party vote to AdvanceNZ and myself as your candidate and representative in Wellington, we will be able to begin the journey to reclaim our country for we the people.
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