*With Government's refusal to implement NZICA's proposal for tax simplification it is now looking unlikely NZ small to medium sized businesses will get the opportunity they need to refocus on growing the economy. David
*There is much talk about how the recession is behind us and there are better times ahead. I would contend that we have only seen the beginning of what is yet to come and if people cared to do the research themselves and stopped listening to the propogandist's like Mike Moore, they would wake up and realise that either they are being lied to or that the so called experts are in fact morons! How many of these so called experts warned us about the global financial crisis? Thats right, none of them and now they are failing to recognise an even worse situation materialising (or they are lying to us). The people who did see what was coming and tried to wake people up were by and large, ridiculed by the "experts". Again these people warn us and again they have proof (the real numbers) to support their opinion. Mike Moore is big on rhetoric and feel good slogans but where are his numbers and supporting evidence? Mike and his mates have a much different agenda than what he purports to represent here and his editorial on the NZCPR site is another shining example of that if again, one cares to research things beyond the controlled media. Robert
*It can only get worse if our leaaders continue to operate under the false premise, that we do not have to get income, to be able to continue spending. Malcolm
*Economically NZ will be better. However increased Maori activism, Union distruption and reluctance to support progress along with the lefts social engineering our satisfaction levels will be worse. John
*If we do not remove seperatism from our way of life we are going nowhere. Bryon
*As long as we can retain a right leaning Government. David
*Humans need to eat before using technology. We are a world leading food producer, but unfortunately politicians and commentators fail to recognise that for NZ to prosper we need to develope and innovate agricultural production and further processing. This is our natural advantage that should be done ahead of trying to copy other parts of the world. Anyone who knocks agriculture needs there a... soundly kicked and sent to North Korea! Willy
*With "leaders" like Jo Key and David Shaver, things will get worse. We'll have more debt and the self-delusion will continue. Jeff
*To answer this one must either have a crystal ball, be an M.P. (with a future!) or face up to generalisations, as there is no other way of asking this question.
Politically we will be worse off as we will, through an ever increasing bureaucracy be more and more governed. Also we have MMP which at best, can only be described as half a democracy. List M.P.’s are the blight on our “Representation” as they are a symbol of the appointment system which all Dictatorships thrive upon.
Economically...who knows? We can be the food basket of an over populated world. But will our “farmers” be financially better off or merely in a form of economic serfdom dressed up in the foibles of a inflating economy. If we continue to expect increasing returns from agriculture then there must be a huge reduction in such as “The RMA, and Green Party blackmail.
Manufacturing will remain under concerted pressure from emerging low wage, high producing countries with low bureaucratic controls...the double whammy. Should we face the reality and accept that apart from a very few niche industries, an ever increasing population would become a greater welfare liability in our future?
The kowtowing, the handing over of wealth to Maori merely to retain political power, and/or too gain favour at the United Nations must end. Finally we must have a new political system namely a New Zealand Constitution. One in which we are not ethnically divided along separate lines, but as a confirmation that we are New Zealanders; at the same time such a Constitution stands as our only protector, from the ravages of political skulduggery.
In five years!!! Well HOPE springs eternal, and perhaps the Age of Miracles might not have passed us by. Brian
*Too many people believe the fear-mongering from the Green and Maori parties. Jasmine
*I would love to believe that things will be better in 5 years. But the truth is, they won't be. The natural disasters WILL increase and the cost / dislocation with it. And all the other parts of "societal" life will continue down until absolute morals are restored, socialism banned from government, and the UN / globalists told to sod off from running our country. And all the new fangled tech that is becoming so pervasive these days? That same ease that it brings for us to consume is just as easily turned against us to be watched, monitored and controlled. As a country, NZ has huge potential. Unfortunately, we have neither the courage nor moral fibre to actualise / realise our potential any more: we are a lost country - a people perishing thru lack of meaningful vision, purpose and leadership.
*I fear there will be a downturn in the dairy industry's fortunes in part due to the effects of the ETS. Robert
*I used to think teflon John was the right man for the job, but the way he keeps bending over for the so called native of this country I am going off him big time. All i can say is god help us. Murray
*Unless we straighten out the growing racial division within our supposed democracy we are headed for trouble!!! Roderick
*We are wasting resources on things such as treaty sessions and paying single women to have lifestyle babies. We are being overtaxed with imposts like the ETS tax and every increasing rates at local body level to satisfy the self-aggrandizement of some of our mayors. I feel many NZers feel that they can't do anything about this and so they don't even bother. Anthony