Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Reflections after 2 days

I have come out of 2 days of a conference I had to chair.
The only reason I agree was because I couldn't afford to be in the conference, as the cost was $2000+.
I could already picture my manager fainting at that one.
Anyhow, here's some observations:

  • Never mix Maori and Pacific together in a conferences. Its not a one size fits all.
  • Always be prepared when you are asked to speak, because you will look like an absolute arse and waste 50 minutes of people's time. 
  • Be true to yourself. 
  • Pakeha have the chance to effect change - instead of  M&P people saying "we have to support our own" - we should ask "how can we all work together to achieve the same goals we are all here for?" 
  • We can educate our people (irrespective of their ethnicity) about what Pacific is, what Maori is, what the challenges are for those 2 groups to achieve at tertiary level, - heck, at secondary level!
  • Conference groups can only do so much - meaningful and more worthwhile lessons can be better learnt if the platform is hosted or owned by someone/instituion.
  • Don't ever agree to chair again if it means 2 full unpaid days and then having to work 15 hours today. FML

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