Have you all noticed how NZ has slowly become a very expensive place to live ?
Lets go back 25 years and see what neo -liberal capitalism has done (especially to the previous egalitarian values and the creation of a rich and poor divide )
Water is expensive and gst on top - the ceo of Watercare gets paid 775k and made no plans for a drought
Electricity is 22c plus a unit (and gst) -was 4c 25 years ago ) now multiple ceos of many companies are on 1mill plus with their "executive team " not far behind
Our own Kiwi made food is cheaper overseas -most countries do not charge gst on basics and fresh veg
Council rates are through the roof , paying ridiculous salaries to idiot bureaucrats
The banks are making millions and charging much more than for example Australia - How about nationalising them ? -that would have the effect of the reserve bank printing money -exchange rate to 50c to the US - import substitution more viable - exports return more Kiwi Dollars -wages go up -Fortress NZ
The man who started this site is responsible for starting to bring Chinese junk here , the result being the decimation of our manufacturing base and filling our landfills (nice one -now a Sir and 300m richer )
Other junk suppliers like Bunnings, Mitre10 , Briscoes and Rebel sport etc etc have sprung up
Media is full of advertising , and we have droves of marketing , merchandising etc people
Business works on making a profit -they are the problem and not the solution -the assembled panel are very heavy with Ceo's (mostly totally overpaid as well) with a sprinkling of thinkers ,scientists, and enterpreneurs -Not an engineer or technical person in sight !
Also - laid off older tradespeople each teach 20 young people (ex retailing /hospitality/tourism)to build houses -akin to habitats for humanity -no profit motive , pay the kids $15 hr and they have a skill for life