5 THINGS I WISH THE COUN­TRY WOULD DO NOW

Idealog - - 25 THINGS -

Take more no­tice of our cre­ative and t ech sec­tors

They are world class. And the world is start­ing to no­tice. But we don’t even know what we’ve got. Many young New Zealan­ders don’t be­lieve they can have a ca­reer in these sec­tors and that is just dumb.

Bring the bright­est and most cu­ri­ous minds to New Zealand

Di­ver­sity of thought makes us all bet­ter. The more ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence we have, the more in­vest­ment cap­i­tal fol­lows. We live in one of the best places on Earth, and this isn’t just blind pa­tri­o­tism. Those who dis­cover it tell us con­stantly.

Take bolder l eaps i n ed­u­ca­tion

How we have taught for the last 150 years is not go­ing to be right for our kids. We should be able to give each kid a cus­tomised learn­ing jour­ney and em­power teach­ers to fa­cil­i­tate. Tech­nol­ogy can do this. We just need to help the teach­ers out first. It’s a scary new world.

FIND NEW THINGS TO FARM

Hyper­local man­u­fac­tur­ing and syn­thet­ics are go­ing to dec­i­mate our dairy and agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries. The world won’t need our dairy pow­der and meat be­cause they can lit­er­ally grow it 20km from their mar­ket. We need to find some­thing to do with all our fer­tile lands be­cause there is only so much milk and steak I can con­sume (See fea­ture page 56).

Stop pro­mot­ing New Zealand as a bunch of fields and hills with no one liv­ing here

I think we all ap­pre­ci­ate how 100% Pure works for tourism, but we are also try­ing to tell the story that we are a mod­ern coun­try with world-class in­fra­struc­ture and tal­ent. That’s im­prov­ing, but some peo­ple still seem sur­prised we drive cars and live and work in cities. Tal­ent wants to know there is more to do here than go for a hike.

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