Having a Say

Faced with a proposed restructure of library and student support services at the end of 2011, I completed an individual submission and contributed to a group submission about the proposal, outlining points of agreement and advocating for some adjustments. To prepare, I talked a lot to staff and read numerous articles about integrated services and factors that contribute to Māori student success. The proposal involved the dis-establishment of my position.

I felt ok during this period of uncertainty. I think this was because going through a redundancy in 2005 made me more resilient to change, knowing things have a way of working out. I’m glad I took all opportunities to have my say. A few of my suggestions were adopted, a few weren’t, but management seemed to appreciate my submission.

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