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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2020) 64(4): 44–45
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No plan survives the first contact of war - (Clausewitz)

Chris Goulding

No plan survives the first contact of war. (Clausewitz) On arriving in 1972, we had planned on staying in New Zealand for only three or four years to see what the country was like, given we had met John Valentine, Andrew McEwen, Peter Berg and Hamish Levack when studying forestry at Aberdeen University. Viewed from abroad, New Zealanders appeared to be very well off. While we natives spent our forestry field trips two or three to a room at a parsimonious Scottish landladyís boarding house , the Kiwi students were on New Zealand Forest Service (NZFS) expenses in three star hotels. And they paid cash for new cars. I had been offered a position at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Rotorua. Since then, itís been interesting times (a Chinese curse).
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