A Volunteer in Godzone (aka New Zealand)

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There's obviously more than one IET volunteer resident in New Zealand (aka Godzone), but I don't think anyone else is blogging yet, so first in, first served (mwahahahaha).  I volunteer in a variety of roles - currently I'm a committee member of my Local Network (South Island), a member of NZ Forum, and chair of the Communities Committee - Asia Pacific (CC-AP) (which also means I'm a member of the Communities Resourcing Committee (CRC)).
 
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Latest Posts

  • Hot Weather And Heated Debates
    OK, I may be exaggerating slightly - I'm not sure that the debates actually got all that heated...  But I should start at the start!  And the start is full of acronyms (be warned).  Last month was the Communities Committee - Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CC-EMEA) Communities Volunteer Conference (CVC) - and as a result the Communities Resourcing Committee (CRC) decided to meet in Dubai for a change.  And in July Dubai is very hot let me tell you - especially if you've come from a country that is in winter...  Going from 14ºC to 44ºC is a bit of a shock to the system! read more...
  • Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go...
    Despite the title, I'm not suggesting I am a dwarf.  In fact, while I normally feel fairly short here in NZ, I tend to feel on the tall side in the UK.  And I don't think this has anything to do with my love of high heels, since I wear the same shoes in both locations.  I haven't done any scientific research on the subject, but I suspect that, on average, Kiwis are taller than Brits.  Thoughts anyone?  Hopefully I haven't just started an international dispute on height: it certainly wasn't intended to be a topic in this blog post!  That's the nice thing about a blog though; it's allowed to be stream-of-consciousness type writing.  So you all get a nice visit to the randomness that is my brain .  What I'm actually going to write about is my IET activities over the past few months.  An update if you will.  And what I've mainly managed to do is give myself a long to-do list... read more...
  • Crab, curry, chocolate, and the AP CVC...
    Now perhaps the AP CVC should have come first in that list, but I will freely admit that I am ruled by my stomach, so food wins!  And I cannot fault the food in Malaysia.  The only problem is my lack of self-control; buffets are definitely not good for my waistline... But onto more important matters....  Actually, are there any matters that are more important than food?  Instead, let's say, onto more serious matters... To give it its full title, the Asia Pacific Communities Volunteer Conference (AP CVC) 2013 was my first Volunteer Conference.  And I got invited as a speaker - arg!  I worked out that the last time I'd done a presentation was for the Present Around the World (PATW) Competition many years ago.  In fact, I've just tried to work out how many years ago it was, and have failed dismally due to a bad memory.  That and the passage of time...  So, I was slightly nervous about presenting to a room full of other volunteers, not to mention the Chief Executive and Secretary (Nigel Fine), and the President (Barry Brooks). read more...