The most surprising thing about John Key and his ponytail pulling activitys, is that he isn't having brain fades over it.
The one good thing to come out of the failure at Gallipoli was that NZ & Australia started demanding from London a bigger say in their affairs.
That’s a good way to look at it. Least we forget and sign up to more of the same sort of subservient behavior.
I still maintain that the treaty of Waitangi, is New Zealand's real foundation for nationhood. Not the sacrificing of young men to the empire.
@Stephen, home 3D printers are not replacing fab plants dollar for dollar for a very long time yet, certainly not to cut timber (and where the hell are people getting the logs? The primeval forest?). It’s the materials, eh, not everything is a primitive sliding tube made of ludicrously expensive easy-melt alloys, and some things are extremely large or even made of materials that react with each other at high temperatures.
No one is ever going to 3D-print a lithium-ion battery, for instance, with the highly explosive nature of the components, which you can’t even buy. If we move onto Sodium-Sulphur, that’s going to get worse (and also better and cheaper from actual fab plants with experts working at them).
Someone needs to tell NASA about all that.
Our own Prime Minister is the son of a refugee.
Personality and politics aside, part of the success of his family’s integration was the state house.
I agree that our sence of nationhood would be enriched by alowing a larger quoter of refugees. We will be needing to accommodate them in housing. We might want to ramp up the phycological support services.
Giving people skills to build? Great. Tiny houses?
Educational purposes. In keeping with the pre- neoliberal economics nostalgia.
The reason I suggest pushing tiny house design at secondary school age, is because building a full scale house is impractical for tertiary education aged people. And that’s my thinking. That university students have the tenacity to build there own homes, if they choose. Who knows, one of these university students, might go on to help solve the housing crisis, along side the older generation of housing planers.
Mark, your skills list is terribly out of date.
Cottage industrie is about to boom, when the Internet 3.0 fires proper. I am talking about Internet based fabrication. We can down load our G code from almost anywhere in the world, and we cut or print components our CNC machines. Or we can design for the fabricators.
I’d like to see “tiny house” design and fabrication pushed at secondary school level. Again, all the components for these can be exchanged digitally. So it’s important that New Zealand children get educated in technology literacy. I didn't say social network literacy, I said technology!
What makes it tick? What's under the bonnet? What's in the box?
I’d like a Government prepared to set aside land – which they have a bit of – in order for us to build on, with reasonable proviso, as is there fundamental task.
Norman Kirks Labour government, did do that.
New Zealand once boasted one of the most egalitarian societies in the world
But only by comparison to other western states during that time.
(although nobody pretends that Maori and Pasifika people enjoyed anything like that status).
Or unmarried Women applying for mortgages to buy houses.
I’m finding that the more I think about this, the more I understand how much I don’t know about economics.