For the last six months I have nominally been a member of staff at Victoria, albeit actually unemployed. Not one to forgo any opportunity that comes my way, I happily volunteered for mentoring, functions with free food, a welcome at the marae, professional development seminars, and I made good use of the free showers, computing and printing facilities. I met some excellent young people, and enjoyed walking about the nearby hills.
It was no doubt observed that I was uncompetitive in the currency of reputation. Every dollar counts, right? Of course, now along with several major international collaborations, I am also a crackpot. So farewell Te Upoko O Te Ika. This morning I head south again, into the winter, with no intention of ever returning. Let me leave with a few well known words from Gandhi: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
6 years ago