Where there is no vision the people perish
Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a shame to any people
A nation divided against itself cannot stand.
Five policies I wanted to introduce in 1987 and 1990 which would have had a huge influence on the nation today.
** Housing. Introduce a voluntary housing saving account and encourage participation from time of starting work with savings level set that after 10 years and substantial government subsidy 2 people saving would have enough for a 50% deposit on a reasonable standard house. This would have developed the savings habit from time of commencing work and a huge pool of savings reserves, and enable people to get into houses with much reduced mortgages and interest payments making a huge difference to retirement.
** Health. I believe there are many more healing properties in nature than we give God credit for. We would have gathered the best researchers from private enterprise and universities under the leadership of the DSIR (then in existence) for intensive research of all natural plants and remedies with the same intensive testing as normal drugs and patented those that worked with patents held by the government for the benefit of all. We would have drawn from the extensive experience of Maori in natural remedies. We would know by now what worked and what did not and have a wide range of effective natural drugs at minimal costs. This includes whether medicinal cannabis really works!
** Energy. We would have gathered the best technical reasearchers from private enterprise and universities under the leadership of the DSIR to make New Zealand world leaders in the capture and storage of renewable energy. After 2 years of concentrated development every building would have to meet a green standard of building both for insulation and also for gathering power from solar, and maybe wind, and also capturing rainfall for use in the brown water system. By now we would be exporting this technology, our houses would be much warmer, and no further massive power generation units would be needed.
** Race Relations. The National Governmment accelerated the whole separatist movement of trying to develop a country with separate rights for separate people. They need to listen to thr words of Jesus "A house divided against itself cannot stand". The Treaty of Waitangi was an amazing document which met the needs then in existence and its abuse over the apst few decades ois tragic,. There were five realities we wanted understood.
1. Culture changes from century to century, generation to generation
2. In any culture at any time there is both good and bad
3. A smart society/country draws the best from each culture available to it and melds it into a new and better culture.
4. Everyone must be free to practice their culture and beliefs as they wish provided it does not harm others.
5. Everyone must be equal before the law. We do not have this in New Zealand.