Neil Plimmer’s memoir traces life in Palmerston North and his university years in Wellington in the 1940s and ’50s; twenty years of diplomatic postings in Apia, Washington DC, Rome and Canberra; 11 years as CEO of New Zealand’s tourism agency; and an assortment of other challenges in government service, including risk management and the threat of Y2K. He has been president of the New Zealand Book Council, chair of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, chair of the Wellington Sculpture Trust and has served on several other boards and trusts including the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. He was awarded an MNZM in 2013 for his services to the arts.
In between the anecdotes there are reflections on New Zealand’s foreign, tourism, climate change, privatisation and other public policies, and on nearly two decades engaged with the commissioning of Wellington’s public sculptures.
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