The NZ Institute has issued a list of the top 10 issues it believes are confronting New Zealand’s long-term success.
* Can New Zealand implement stable policies that will improve long-term outcomes?
* Can New Zealand develop & retain a capable, resilient population that works together?
* Can New Zealand reduce the disadvantages suffered by young people in a way that contributes to New Zealand becoming a successful multicultural society?
* Can New Zealand benefit economically, socially & educationally from ultra-fast broadband?
* Can New Zealand gain competitive advantage and contribute to slowing climate change by shifting to a low-carbon economy?
* Can New Zealand manage the natural environment so it remains productive, is an amenity for future generations and builds our brand?
* Can New Zealand develop the depth of business & public-sector skill required to deliver success for our exporters & local businesses?
* Can New Zealand secure the capital required to rejoin the world leaders in economic prosperity?
* Can New Zealand develop a high-performing innovation ecosystem that grows many more high-value international businesses?
* Can New Zealand accelerate the growth of export sectors?
Institute director Rick Boven said: “If the country can be mobilised to resolve the ‘top 10’ issues, then the future for New Zealanders as a whole will be more assured.Efforts on many other important issues facing New Zealand will not stop and nor should they. But to build the foundation for long-term success we should focus on the vital few.”