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