Article and image by Rod Oram, Newsroom

There’s a surge of interest in NZ’s future, the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades. Rod Oram looks at new initiatives that could change the course of the country.

“The leading talent hubs of the past 25 years have mostly been dense, well-connected global cities with excellent restaurants and cultural offerings. That model is over for now.

“The new demand is for a safe haven from Covid-19. The ideal for many westerners would be an English-speaking democracy with a developed economy, lots of space and nice weather, though not so hot that it catches fire in summer.

“Bring on New Zealand. The country’s isolation has suddenly gone from historic disadvantage to unique selling point.”

Simon Kuper, Financial Times, April 30.

As it happens, such ideas are on the minds of quite a few Kiwis. There’s a surge of interest in our future, the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades. Lots of excellent proposals are emerging. First, we need to evaluate, choose and knit the best into a broad strategy which offers wide appeal and support across society. Then, if we deliver real outcomes to match, we can change the course of the country.

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