Hello Southland - a couple of schoolboy errors aside, it's been a great first day in the chair as Editor of your Southland Times.
I've said it before and it happened again today - so I'll say it again.
When Auckland first shook my hand, they asked, "Where do you live?"
In Wellington it was, "What job do you do?" In the Garden City they asked, "What school did you go to?"
Down south today, the first question was simply, "How's it going?"
Like the weather, it's going just fine, thank you.
The hard-working crew on the floors of 67 Esk St have laid out the welcome mat and are primed for a new era.
Take it from me, that's great news for our readers - I am committed to taking up the baton from the legend that is Fred Tulett and giving you even better reading in our papers and online over the coming year.
Of course there will always be mistakes from the new arrival. Try bringing a box of cider to a family welcoming soiree in Queenstown over the weekend . . . the only non-beer in the fridge. That was noticed.
Or the misguided attempt to walk from Donovan Park into the office this morning - allowing just 30 minutes for the hike. To all the motorists driving past wondering who the idiot was in the red-checked shirt looking forlornly up North Rd for a bus, that was me.
In the next days and weeks I will be out and about discovering what you think of us and what you reckon we can do better.
You can grab me for a chat at the Waimumu Field Days on Thursday and Friday. Or at The Southland Times Invercargill Gold Cup raceday at Ascot Park on Saturday (but please be brief - there are winners to back).
Thank you for reading us. It's a privilege to be editing your paper.
The easiest way to get in touch is by emailing me at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Garry Ferris, Editor
- The Southland Times
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