Why I Can’t Keep Quiet: Part 1

This is PART ONE in a series of “Why I Can’t Keep Quiet” blogs to be published over the next month.

I was on Facebook the other night and a friend messaged me and congratulated me on how I speak my mind about things. He said it takes a lot of strength to speak publicly about what you believe and not be afraid of the backlash.

My friend then suggested I should write a blog about this, and give my readers a bit of an insight into it all. I’ve taken him up on this and will be writing a series of personal, and revealing blogs that hopefully take you a little ‘behind the scenes’.

So to begin, I guess the first question isn’t really a question but a statement.

I am a loud mouth, I speak my feelings, and I am not afraid to talk in a public forum and challenge ideologies that I believe are wrong.

If you know nothing about Mike Pulman, know that. Continue reading Why I Can’t Keep Quiet: Part 1

Positive outlook for the MDA heading into 2016

It has been a year of change for the MDA, and as 2016 approaches, positive strives may be on the horizon thanks to a joint effort by National Council and staff.

In the latest In Touch magazine, National Council chairperson Heather Browning revealed that conversations about the aspirations that office staff have for the MDA had been held recently in Auckland.

Browning says that the National Council was left with a greater appreciation of the importance and complexity of working in the disability sector following the conversations.

A strategic plan has been set in motion for the next year.

“I am optimistic that 2016 will be a year of growth”, Browning said.

Former Canterbury chairperson Paul Arthur resigned from his role after a two-year reign, citing that he wanted to focus on his health, but The Real Michael Pulman understands that Arthur was left in a position where the decision was forced due to pressure from fellow branch member Warren Hall.

Acting Chief Executive Ronelle Baker has received positive feedback from Northern Branch chairperson Trevor Jenkin, but Baker herself is taking each day in her stride.

“Chris Higgins will get a payout” – MDA insider

MDA’s National Council face a big problem in more ways than one as the fallout from Chris Higgins resigning from his role as CEO continues.

It was revealed yesterday that Chris Higgins had resigned, but National Council is yet to make a public announcement, and speculation about the terms of Higgins leaving the organisation is set to continue in the coming days.

Higgins informed The Real Michael Pulman today that if he were to make a public statement, it would be done so through formal MDA communication channels.

During an interview back in June, Higgins said that any decision over making a public statement to members would be made by National Council, and with the MDA’s CEO now resigning, National Council would be foolish to assume not making a comment to members about the situation is in anyway viable.

Some of the MDA’s biggest critics would say that Higgins’ resignation is a case of history repeating itself and that no statement from National Council will contain all the facts.

According to sources, former employees have received revenue from MDA streams after leaving the organisation. Is it likely that Higgins will get the same treatment? The longer National Council and Higgins remain silent on the matter, the more questions will be asked.

Yesterday’s announcement came as a surprise to everyone except National Council, Higgins had made no indication that he would resign from the MDA in any of his comments about the state of the association.

In his annual report, Higgins was strongly committed to the future of the MDA, citing various new plans to try to solve the financial difficulties that the organisation faces.

It is likely that the decision for Higgins to resign from the MDA was made by National Council, and with that said, some are speculating Higgins will receive a payout on his way out the door.