The Oamaru Farmers’ Market has appointed Maree Corder as its new site and stall co-ordinator. Tyson Young talks to her about the new role.
Q Where do you come from originally?
I come from North Otago. I lived in Ranfurly for about five or six years but my family are here, so I decided to come back to be closer to them.
Q How do you find living in Oamaru?
It’s been fun to watch the place grow. There definitely wasn’t much to do for young people when I grew up. Now there’s so much more to do, like the steampunk scene. I get upset when people say there’s nothing to do in town. There are 10 trillion different things people can do – you just need to step outside the box and try some of them.
Q How have you ended up in this role at the Oamaru Farmers’ Market?
I actually just saw it advertised on Facebook and the job description sort of ticked all the boxes of what I enjoy doing and what I have done in the past.
Q Is there anything new you’d like to bring to the market?
I think I’ll try to come up with more fun events to bring kids down to the market. It would be cool to create activities that are educational and enjoyable for the children.
Q Is this a role you can see yourself staying in for a while?
Yeah, I don’t see why not. The kids get to have dad time while I’m away and I get to venture out of the house.
Q When do you officially start your new role?
I started last Sunday but because of the rain, we had to call it off. We did go out there to set it up but the rain was so heavy we were soaked down to our underwear, ha ha.
Q If you could have a glass of wine with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would have a glass of wine with Michael Jackson because I grew up listening to him. It would be nice to hear him have a conversation without the tabloids making a conversation for him.
Q If you were prime minister for a day, what is the first thing you would do?
I would probably put more funding into the mental health system. I’m quite an advocate for helping mental health. I would also put in more funding for housing. There are too many families living in cars around this country and that’s just shocking.