Firstly, congratulations on taking the role as editor of The Truth. I am genuinely delighted for you.
But I am also writing to you with a sense of regret, because I am also tendering my resignation from the writing team at The Truth.
I suppose it's not so much a resignation, as notice that I won't be providing any further material for the newspaper.
When I was asked to write for The Truth I was genuinely excited Here was the perfect chance to turn a tired and fading rag into New Zealand's premier real estate weekly.
Sadly, things haven't quite worked out as I had hoped. I get on okay with the outgoing editor, Joe Lose, but just about every hard-hitting story I write about the property market ends up being binned or ripped to bits.
This isn't a sudden decision, and I've been thinking long and hard about my future at The Truth. In fact, I almost resigned last week. I submitted a hard-hitting piece about the booming Auckland residential market entitled "Now is a great time to buy!", but what was published looked nothing like the article I wrote. There was precious little in the published piece about real estate, but plenty about the callous government and its bullying tactics towards unions and the poor.
It's not the first time this has happened either. I know Joe was just trying to do his best, but he and I never shared the same vision of what The Truth could become.
There's a huge gap in the market for a publication that tackles the hard issues in the real estate market, like where to find the best city-fringe do-ups, and how to secure the dream family home in a great school zone.
Instead I found myself writing for a seedy newspaper more interested in sleaze than stunning properties. I'm a red-blooded male and I like the ladies, but the only magnificent assets we should have been displaying on page three were spectacular multilevel houses on the Eastern Suburbs with soaring sea views.
When I heard you were coming on as the editor, I thought that maybe things were going to change.
But then I read the press release about your plans for the paper, and I realised that real estate was likely to be a low priority for you.
I think this is a huge mistake, but I know you well enough to know that nothing I say and do will change your mind.
We have had our differences over the years, Cameron, but I have always had a warm spot for you. Even though your vision for The Truth isn't mine, I know you'll do great things here.
It's not all doom and gloom for me either, so don't go worrying too much about me (I know you will worry, because you have such a huge capacity to care for the people close to you). My real estate practice is going quite well and there are plans for a new office in Botany by the end of the year. Next year I'm hoping to crack the tough Hamilton market, and then perhaps Tokoroa.
So in some ways this is a blessing, because it frees me up to further pursue my dream of becoming New Zealand's leading real estate salesperson.
I wish you all the best, but please let me know if things don't turn out the way you plan. There are always openings in my line of work for hard-nosed and motivated people like you, and I'm always looking for good sales staff.
And if you are ever in the market for a new home then please give me a call. I have some great listings right now, and I would love to see you and your family in a brand new home.
Martyn "Mr Real Estate" Bradbury