Emeritus Professor Peter Oettli came to New Zealand with his parents as a teenager. After an academic career in a discipline about as far removed from Gerontology as possible, he decided to use his training as an academic in the Humanities and his experience in University governance as a volunteer in Age Concern. He served at the local and national levels and is now National President. The basic philosophy that has guided him throughout his second career is that older people are entitled to the recognition and respect they deserve, as well as to the support they need. After being a member of the advisory group that drafted the Better Later Life Strategy 2019 to 2034, he suddenly woke up to the fact that the strategy is not for older people ‘out there’, but that he has been one of them for quite some years.