Sometimes it pays to walk in anotherís shoes, is an adage that we should all stop and think about. Understanding different perspectives and considering othersí views is something that is missing in the forestry carbon gold rush we are seeing playing out in rural New Zealand. I grew up in a farming community in Bideford northeast of Masterton. My background is forestry, and after a few stop-start career plans and four years of fun at Otago I ended up working as an accountant. Quickly into this I realised this was a terrible career choice for me and I started a forestry degree in Canterbury. My first job was working for Tasman forestry in Taupo in the woodlots team working for Mike Bartells. However, sometimes the call of the land beckons and my family and I left Auckland and moved back to the Wairarapa to live the farming dream at Bowlands. Sixteen years later Iím still here, so I suppose thatís a win. (no keywords)
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