Should I stay or should I go now?

 

When this all blew up at the end of 2013, I’d just left the Air Force. Had I known of this mess before my departure, I may have looked at staying on but after eighteen months working for a sub-optimal boss, I pretty much just wanted to be gone…

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Happy Air Force days…

Looking back, then, I wasn’t that attached to this place, the area, the district…the whole time that I had been living up here, just over nine years at that point, I had essentially been working out of the district – the only people I had any sort of relationship with was whoever was pumping gas at the National Park Service Station. Seriously…

Looking back through my albums, most of my pix are either here in Raurimu, or around New Zealand or the world…no pix of National Park Village at all

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Not National Park…

I didn’t really want to move back to Auckland or Wellington…I still think that central Wellington is a great location centrally but after ten years here, Wellington’s become “…a great place to visit but wouldn’t want to live there…” I was applying for jobs in the provincial centres, mainly in my local or central government comfort zone…I saw myself eventually living in the rural periphery of someplace like Hamilton or Tauranga, possibly a South Island centre but never really looked that far…

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Happy Meal treat

Staying north or moving south…either way, it’s moving away from and towards family. It probably seems silly but a lot of the decision making revolved – then – around these guys…any solution that didn’t include them was unlikely to be a goer, more so since this was well before I discovered Tracy’s Rottweiler Rescue & Rehoming New Zealand as a means of rehoming the fur babies if it came to that…

My Air Force role had been pretty intense and so, like when I departed the Army, I granted myself some headspace time before actively seeking something new. I’d enjoyed working as a census collector for the 2013 census as this was a license to explore my local patch and so when DOC advertised a casual role , I thought it’d be pretty good to get paid to wander around the Park over summer 13/14. That’s when my roots started to grow in volcanic soil…

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I never thought for a second that I’d have been able to fend off ANZ this long and the uncertainty has been part of me over this five year campaign…now the question really looms…

Do I stay or do I go now…?

A sad day made sadder…

This morning an RNZAF Iroquois, one of three flying from RNZAF Ohakea to Anzac Day commemorations, crashed in rough terrain on the coast just north of Wellington. Three of the four crew were killed in the crash with a fourth being airlifted to hospital…

A sad reminder on a day already sad, of the dangers inherent in this profession even in peacetime at home…

Rest In Peace

Slipping the surly bonds

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SQN LDR Cree next to a Sioux training helicopter

I didn’t enjoy my visit to RNZAF Base Ohakea today. As I drove through Bulls, a few km short of the base, it was announced over the radio that a Squadron-Leader member of the Red Checkers display team had been killed in the crash of a CT-4 AirTrainer. By the time I returned to Waiouru this afternoon, the pilot had been named as Squadron-Leader Nick Cree of the Central Flying School. A sad day for the RNZAF.