NZ Business - - FROM THE EDITOR -

It was with some amaze­ment I read a story by Bloomberg that a few su­per rich Sil­i­con Val­ley en­trepreneurs were buy­ing mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar 150-tonne sur­vival bunkers. And send­ing them down to New Zealand. And bury­ing them un­der­ground. Then, at the first sign of an apoca­lypse they can jump on a pri­vate plane and head to our rel­a­tively safe shores.

Re­ally? It sounds to­tally over­ly­dra­matic even if, like me, you are a big fan of The Walk­ing Dead. But I guess in to­day's world you have to as­sume any­thing is pos­si­ble and what might have seemed im­pos­si­ble and far-fetched 10 years ago is hap­pen­ing all around us.

I am guess­ing too that th­ese very clever bil­lion­aires will also be ap­ply­ing their vast tal­ents to look at ways to en­sure nu­clear war; killer germs or an upris­ing against the su­per-rich won't ac­tu­ally hap­pen.

While it wasn't men­tioned in the story I saw on­line, I'd think cli­mate change and the myr­iad of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters we are wit­ness­ing at the mo­ment, would pose a greater threat than any­thing else. And work­ing on our lead story this month only con­firmed that feel­ing. As com­men­ta­tors noted the cli­mate is al­ways chang­ing and has been through­out the cen­turies. But what is new is that the pace and scale of cli­mate change is be­com­ing greater and we are see­ing it play­ing out in real time. See page 6.

This is­sue we also delve into ageism in the work­place. It's also real and as our pop­u­la­tion ages, it is some­thing lead­ers need to be think­ing about and ad­dress­ing. It's also hor­ri­fy­ing to learn that in some in­stances, 50 plus is con­sid­ered “aged”. But as the ar­ti­cle asks: How of­ten does your re­cruit­ment com­pany pass on CVs of ap­pli­cants aged 50 plus? Or when did you last em­ploy some­one older than you? See page 14.

Have a good month.

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