So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

By Pete

After five years on a wild rollercoaster ride, I’m out of fresh ideas and energy for the blog.  I am treading water here, and that’s not good for any of us.  My nature is that when I get restless, I become a pain in the arse.   

I’ve tried to find a way to both help Whaleoil and honestly earn my money, but in the end, I’m the sort of person that solves problems.  Once an organisation gets beyond those and work progresses to maintenance and admin, my interest slowly wanes.

The blog can’t carry freeloading, so it is time for me to look for something else to do.  Cam and SB kindly supported me for longer than they should have.  But I’m more about putting fires out rather than going around checking the expiry dates on fire extinguishers.  I’ve basically run out of things to do.

There is a part of my soul in this place that I’m going to find hard to leave behind.  But in the first instance, I’m going to enjoy a substantial amount of time off.  That’s a luxury I’ve not had for a while.

The blog continues to go from strength to strength.  Deft management by SB has seen an increase in volunteers, interns, helpers, contributions and subscriptions!   And more importantly – no more fires!

Whaleoil is a unique entity on the New Zealand Internet.  It provides a place for views and analysis not seen anywhere else in the New Zealand media.  At the same time, it is a safe and mature community platform that thrives.  And now it is time for me to go.

There are too many of you to thank in person.  You’ve been part of something remarkable as well.  And you will continue to be.  For a little while at least I’m going to keep my head down.  New people need to get a clean chance to find their feet without my shadow hanging over them.

I’ve always said Whaleoil is bigger than any of us.  And it is.  I’ve also said that love Whaleoil or hate Whaleoil, you can’t ignore Whaleoil.  On that basis, I’m sure I’ll get to a point where I can no longer sit on my hands and will join back in as a reader and a commenter.

Thanks again for your kindness, support and help.  You’ve been part of a unique and rewarding time.  See you ’round the traps.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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