Philip Lynch is the New Conservative candidate for Ōhāriu.
Philip grew up in a large working class family in small town South Otago, which shaped his values and outlook on life. His father was politically active and Philip developed a keen interest in domestic and international affairs while still in his teens.
Early in his career as a branch manager of an international company he learned how business succeeds and the importance of staff welfare. His later involvement in developing business systems for a major New Zealand company led to personnel management and its importance in technological change.
He was the honorary secretary of New Zealand’s pre-eminent pro-life organisation for 15 years, serving as its national office manager during that time. He was awarded Life Membership of Voice for Life in 2006. His upbringing had taught him to value all human life and to ensure its protection, based on the self-evident truth that we are all created equal with the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Given this background, it was unsurprising that he was attracted to conservative politics when a flyer fell out of a local newspaper in 2011 and he ticked all the boxes of its questionnaire.
He joined the party, standing as its candidate in the Rimutaka electorate (now known as Remutaka) in 2014 and again in 2017. He believes that New Zealand has the potential to be the best nation on earth but was deeply concerned by the legislation enacted on 18 March 2020.
The protection of free speech, promotion of active democracy and the upholding of just laws underpin his approach to this election.
Ōhāriu voters are encouraged to give their party vote to New Conservative and their electorate vote to Philip Lynch.