Roy Barry is the New Conservative candidate for Mana.
“Why New Conservative?”
“I stopped asking myself that question when I started asking myself ‘Why not New Conservative?’”
Roy was born in 1958 in Newtown, Wellington, to immigrant parents. Roy’s father emigrated from Britain after serving in the British Army in Germany. His Samoan mother moved to Rongotai during WW2 when her father decided Wellington offered good opportunities.
Roy was the second oldest of four siblings. While growing up, he attended Miramar South School, Evans Bay Intermediate, Rongotai College, and completed study at Victoria University of Wellington.
After working in the Immigration Division of the Labour Department, Roy worked as a relief teacher before taking a year out with his wife and first child to help start a Community Home, which was a ministry of the Miramar Christian Centre. They then moved to Kapiti to prepare for the arrival of their second child.
Roy worked at Kapiti College for some years, filling different teaching positions and managing and coaching badminton. His four daughters went to local kindergartens, the Girl’s Brigade, Youth Groups, Kapiti College, completed University and became working professionals. Roy then started working as a gardener and youth mentor.
Roy is drawn to conservative politics. He is a supporter of Family First and Voice for Life. He is unapologetically and unashamedly pro-life. He strongly asserts that all lives matter, from their conception to their natural end. He sees legislation that legalizes prostitution, same-sex marriage, abortion, euthanasia and illicit drug use as all having the same aim: to destroy marriage and the family.
“New Conservative will make marriage and the family important again. Not everyone will marry, and not everyone will have a family, but everyone needs a Mum and a Dad.”
Roy was a Labour voter until the advent of Christian parties in the 1990s. Sadly, disappointment followed his high hopes for those parties. But in 2011, a new kind of party appeared: the Conservative Party. With his hope for politics reborn, he became a candidate for the party in 2014 and was mentored by Gordon Copeland. The electorate and party votes he received showed solid support for a socially conservative party in the electorate. Then when New Conservative was formed, Roy became the Mana convenor before becoming the Mana candidate.
“So valued Mana voter, will you give your precious vote to New Conservative this election?”
Mana voters are encouraged to give their party vote to New Conservative and their electorate vote to Roy Barry.