Being the queen of procrastination, I will admit that writing this column, in this very issue, has to be a new record of mine. As Bossman Steve says, ‘Eat the ugly Monkey first.’ Yet the struggle of bringing myself to write my last Editor’s Note has been very real. I have handed in my resignation here at the Post Newspaper, a decision that has not been made lightly. If I am being completely honest, I don’t want to leave.
But upon returning from travels in October, I found that my whole perspective of what I was doing versus what I wanted had changed.
I have no responsibilities, no ties, and there are so many places I would like to explore and more sights to see. It hit me that it is now or never to go. I am currently in the final stages of completing my application to volunteer in Malawi, Africa, assisting with teaching literacy.
When asked why Africa, the answer is very simple. It is completely out of my comfort zone, a place I have always wanted to travel to, and as reading and writing comes naturally to me, why not pass on that skill to someone who desperately wants to learn, yet doesn’t have the means to?
I cannot thank you all enough for your support since I have been in this role over the last couple of years— it certainly doesn’t feel like it has been that long! It has been an incredible journey, and I have enjoyed being able to provide a platform for you all to share your views, successes, trials and tribulations. I am also surprised that several of you actually enjoy my column, so thank you for taking the time to read this each week.
This is not good bye, but more of a ‘see you later’ as I will be back (third time lucky perhaps?). I am not entirely sure when, but I know for a fact that I am leaving you in the very capable hands of the amazing Yana.Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post