About Oliver Sanderson

I’m a local Waikuku boy born & bred, I grew up in the old flax mill in Waikuku where my parents Paul & Jeni Sanderson owned & operated a pottery manufacturing business & shop which later become an art gallery, suffice to say it was an unusual place for a boy to grow up.

Oliver Sanderson

I attended Waikuku primary & later Rangiora High School. Whilst at high school, I played the bagpipes for the McAlpines North Canterbury Pipe Band.

I joined the New Zealand Army straight out of school in 2003 and spent my first few years as a radio operator & lineman at 3 Signals Squadron in Burnham before transferring to infantry and deploying to East Timor for a 6-month tour of duty in 2006.

Upon returning to New Zealand I was accepted for officer training and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery in Linton, Palmerston North.

I briefly left the army in 2011 to commence seminary training for the Catholic Priesthood, at the Marist Seminary in Auckland. I decided not to continue formation & rejoined the army the next year.

I spent the next couple of years as a platoon commander at Burnham before transferring to Waiouru in 2015 where I was the Operations Officer for the recruit training depot.

In 2017 I left the army & briefly worked for a local council in the Central North Island as their Youth Development Co-Ordinator.

In 2018 I completed the first year of a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Canterbury, however this year I have decided to put a pause on the law degree and dedicate myself entirely to standing for the Mayoralty of the Waimakariri District. Obviously, if I am successful, the law degree will be put on hold for at least another three years, while I focus my entire energy on serving my community.

I am a member of the Rangiora RSA and serve on the Rangiora RSA executive committee.

I am a regular Mass attendee at Saint Mary & Saint Francis De Sales Rangiora & Saint Brigid Loburn.