Within 16 weeks, Constable Cory Anderson’s outlook on life changed.
He found health and fitness during his time at the Royal New Zealand Police College, in Porirua.
“At college I loved getting the fitness .. I was quite a lot heavier and it changed my whole life in that aspect of teaching how to become fit and healthier, which is an excellent part of this job,” Const Anderson said.
He joined Gore police six weeks ago, after a 12-year career as a qualified screen printer.
“I don’t regret the decision at all, it was a huge life change but a great decision.”
“[The police] provides job stability and also the attractiveness of having a career that’s exciting and not so grey.”
Originally from Oamaru, he had spent most of his life so far in Christchurch, but never thought it was for him.
Moving south, though, had turned out to be the perfect fit.
“I’m loving Southland got a quiet feel to it.
“I love that there’s no traffic lights here. There’s no traffic jams.
“It’s small which is really attractive.”
Gore police had made the transition into the his new career seamless.
“It’s just brilliant, the time is going really fast.
“People here have been so kind and nurturing really good environment.”
The community support for police was something he admired, and felt it may not be the same in larger cities.
“I’ve been taken aback by the level of decency and acceptance from everyone.
“It wouldn’t be the same in Christchurch, I don’t think.”
Outside of work he was a keen basketballer, and planned to get involved in the sport in Gore.