Self-sufficient Oamaru farmer Richard Vinbrux will stand for the Corriedale ward in this year’s local body election.
Mr Vinbrux, and his wife Christel, have been almost totally self-sufficient on their lifestyle block near Oamaru for 15 years now.
The German couple came to New Zealand from Germany in 1998 to live on their 12.5ha property near Oamaru.
Standing for council had always been on his agenda, but he wanted to wait until he had been living in Oamaru for a number of years.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I really thought you have to live in a place for a number of years before you really should be getting involved,” she said.
“I think at some stage you lose the right to complain if you’re not prepared to change things.”
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