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This is a somewhat unusual comment, as it is my last. And while it feels a little painful, finishing is not all bad, providing, as it does, an opportunity for reflection and thanksgiving. There are so many things I would like to say but space demands I focus on just a few.

A major challenge for the president is maintaining contact with members, a job made easier by the members' representatives, the board of directors. During my four-year term, the board's performance as a team has been exemplary and I am proud of what we have achieved together and thank them for their support and loyalty.

The board has undergone many changes over the past four years. The treaty training workshops and a successful board training day set the scene for critical consideration around function and process. The reporting structures developed by the senior management team along core work stream lines and the governance role played by board members serve NZNO's interest well. I believe we now have structures and processes that would stand up to the scrutiny of any discerning critic of organisations with management and governance structures.

My early thoughts on the president's role in relation to Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO have changed. I once rather naively believed that it was best that Te Runanga did their work in isolation from the rest of the organisation, under the guise of a notion of "freedom to develop". I thank the board and the Te Runanga executive for helping me see this was faulty thinking. It is not possible to work in partnership when we don't meet formally to share in each others' achievements and struggles.

Chief executive Geoff Annals and I have joined Te Rununga komiti for its meetings this year and experienced the benefits of working closely together, seeing our one organisation through both lenses. My yearly participation in Te Runanga's annual general hui has provided me with, not only a valuable learning experience, but also the occasion to indulge in the best that tikanga Maori and the partnership has to offer. I thank Te Rununga members and their communities for allowing me this opportunity.

It's hard to know where to start or finish when talking about NZNO staff. The energy expended supporting and delivering for members in all facets of health work, mirrors a health care context that demands high effort. Good-natured and professional co-operation is evident in all their work and is modeled by the chief executive and senior managers.

The regional conventions, college and sections' day, and AGM are all great opportunities for connecting with members and have reinforced for me the power of first-hand experiences. Such experiences add to the authority of the NZNO voice and speak to all number of possibilities and potentials. I will look on with admiration and pride as you continue the work of NZNO and I wish you all well in your endeavours.
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:O-Malley, Jane
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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