A year ago we were preparing for the America’s Cup and threading our way through the latest crisis quite well.
Who would have thought the country would be as it is now?
How dare we even think what we will be like in a year? Can we still be optimistic?
We must dare a future if we are to regain our autonomy and sense of control.
Will we retain very low unemployment, a gradually increasing lowest wage, but a growing precariat+underclass? Also: still under 5% unemployed, but benefit growth and food parcels accelerating.
Will there be a percentage-point shift in people who don’t take their cars to work or school, lower car accidents, lower CO2?
Will the housing market change, and housing shortages improve? Not since 1938 have so many houses been consented in one year, and they are mostly flats and apartments.
Will we have more money to spend, through a better regulated electricity market, or more confident companies delivering pay rises?
Will the polls show Labour still has a good chance of forming a government, or will the Greens fade further and Act rise higher? Labour conference is coming up!
Will the import-export mix of the economy shift in measurable points away from cheap, bulky, environmentally costly goods like tourists and milk powder, towards high value digital exports and higher value milk and horticultural ingredient products?
Will New Zealand’s standing in the world improve?
Will our own families have a better shot at their future in 2022 than the waste and damage of 2020 and 2021?
Will we have put this all behind us, happy in our new and highly regulated order?
Will we like where we are?