Eco­nomic growth

Nelson Mail - - Opinion -

It was good to see your good news an­nounce­ment of slow­ing eco­nomic growth in Tas­man dis­trict (Nel­son Mail, Jan­uary 12). This will in­crease the abil­ity to catch up with needed in­fra­struc­ture cre­ation, in­clud­ing hous­ing.

Even­tu­ally, the growth will stop. An ex­tended eco­nomic equi­lib­rium of zero growth will even­tu­ally mean that the build­ing of new roads, wa­ter sup­ply dams, fil­tra­tion plants, sew­er­age sys­tems, pris­ons, sta­di­ums, power plants, trans­mis­sion lines, fac­to­ries, hos­pi­tals, hos­pices, con­fer­ence cen­tres, mu­se­ums, play­grounds, parks, swim­ming pools, per­for­mance the­atres, ware­houses, of­fice blocks, hangars, air­ports, ports and com­mu­nity cen­tres, or clear­ing new land for cul­ti­va­tion, will not be needed.

Then the work­ing week will be able to be re­duced, with the eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity lim­ited to grow­ing food, mak­ing clothes, and care­fully main­tain­ing the cap­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture.

Paul Bieleski

Nel­son, Jan­uary 12

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