Reimagining the future of Aotearoa

I don’t particularly like the term ‘reimagine’ but it is being used a bit lately. It’s use is new to me but according to Merriam Webster it was first used in 1825.

An email from James Shaw and Marama Davidson (to the Green Party contact list: Let’s reimagine Aotearoa 💚

We’re at a critical moment where we can rewrite the rules to ensure cleaner, greener communities where everyone is supported to thrive.

All we need is the political will to be bold and to do what’s right.

So what do you want for our future [name]? Take a moment to tell us about your vision for Aotearoa, so we know we’re pushing for a COVID-19 Recovery that New Zealanders want.

There’s huge potential to support everyone to live with dignity, to create meaningful jobs and build greener communities throughout New Zealand.

You may have already seen some of our big ideas to ensure we kick-start our economy after COVID-19 in a way that helps nature and communities thrive. We’ve pushed out our ideas on creating nature-based jobs, as well as building high speed passenger rail to connect the regions to our cities. We have more exciting ideas to come, but we also want to know what you think.

Our Let’s Reimagine Aotearoa survey should only take a few minutes of your time, and has the option to send us a video or voice message if you’d prefer.

Right now, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the direction of our country. Let’s not let this chance go to waste. 

RNZ:  Māori seek ideas on Aotearoa’s future after pandemic

The Iwi Chairs Forum is launching a campaign today encouraging people to share their vision for New Zealand post-Covid-19.

Ngāti Kahu leader Professor Margaret Mutu is leading the campaign and says the pandemic has given the country an opportunity to re-imagine its future.

“Covid-19 has given us the opportunity to pause and reflect on how we would like to be as a nation. We have a special chance to build a country based on our shared values,” she said.

“That’s about our constitution and constitutions should come out of communities not governments. Why would iwi leaders be interested in community vision? Iwi leaders have always worked with communities in creating future pathways as demonstrated in the 1835 Declaration of Independence and Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840.

“We have been fair and we have honoured agreements for the wellbeing of all. This campaign continues that work.”

She said the Iwi Chairs Forum invited all individuals, organisations and communities to share their vision through online video or written statements with the hash tag, #aotearoa2020vision

Statements will be reviewed and prominent themes and priorities will be reported via the forum’s Facebook page, to the national Iwi Chairs Forum and stakeholders. In addition, a rōpū (a group), led by rangatahi will be formed to identify the shared priorities that will contribute to a community vision for Aotearoa into the future.

This reimagining has been going on for a while.

The Dig (August 2019) – There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction. However, our current worldview and political paradigm renders us incapable of responding adequately due to its disconnected and divisive default settings. These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other.

IdeaLog:  Using Māori culture and urban design to reimagine Aotearoa’s past, present and future

Our social, political, and economic consciousness is shifting as a nation. As we begin to understand and embrace what being Maori can say about Aotearoa, our conversation as designers turns to the land and to the built environment. How do we brand our face to the world, yet remain true and authentic to a history and knowledge that runs deep beneath the pavement of our roads and cities, emerging only sporadically in our built environment as glimpses of another past? As Isthmus’ Damian Powley discovers, these deep narratives have as much to say about what once was, as they do about our collective identity now in 2019, like holding a mirror up to catch a glimpse of where we may be heading.

Tourism Industry Aotearoa:  Private Sector Ready To Reimagine Tourism

The tourism industry is ready and willing to join the Government in planning the future of tourism for New Zealand, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

TIA looks forward to actively participating in the project to reimagine the way tourism operates in a post-COVID-19 world, announced by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis today.

There’s even a website Re-Imagining Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand

There’s nothing wrong with using our imaginations, nor imagining what the future of Aotearoa might look like.But if we are to make any major changes or “rewrite the rules” this should follow good democratic processes, and will take some time, like years.

Diving in to make make big changes while we are still dealing with a crisis would be a mistake.

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32 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  10th May 2020

    God help us if any of this is implemented by central planning diktat.

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    • Pink David

       /  10th May 2020

      God didn’t help Russia when the ‘reimagination’ mob took over, he won’t save NZ from what they have voted for.

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      • Blazer

         /  10th May 2020

        Maybe another ‘Bolsanero’ lurks among NZ’s political aspirants!

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  10th May 2020

          Stalins seem more likely.

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        • Pink David

           /  10th May 2020

          “Maybe another ‘Bolsanero’ lurks among NZ’s political aspirants!”

          I’m sure there are, however they will not get any votes. NZ’ers have sold their freedoms for an illusion of safety delivered by an authoritarian government.

          The historical precedent for this is very clear and very well documented.

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          • Blazer

             /  10th May 2020

            ‘ NZ’ers have sold their freedoms for an illusion of safety delivered by an authoritarian government.
            The historical precedent for this is very clear and very well documented.’

            I see you are referring to the new spying on NZ’ers laws introduced by the Key Govt to protect us all from um…er…well nothing to fear,nothing to…hide=carry on then .

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          • Griff.

             /  10th May 2020

            Like most [deleted, don’t use pejoratives] You lot are sucked in badly by bullshite and access to much GOP Right Wing propaganda from the USA to know what the reality of freedom around the world actually is
            NZ is rated as one of the most free country’s in the world.

            https://www.cato.org/human-freedom-index-new
            Cato institute.
            The jurisdictions that took the top 10 places, in order, were New Zealand, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Luxembourg (tied in 6th place), Finland and Germany (tied in 8th place), and Ireland.
            United States 15th

            Economic freedom.
            https://www.heritage.org/index/ranking
            heritage foundation
            Rank
            1 Singapore
            2 Hong Kong
            3 New Zealand
            17 United States

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index
            Democracy Index by country 2019
            The Economist.
            1 Norway
            2 Iceland
            3 Sweden
            4 New Zealand
            25 United States

            Press freedom
            1 Norway
            2 Finland
            3 Denmark
            4 Sweden
            5 Netherlands
            6 Jamaica
            7 Costa Rica
            8 Switzerland
            9 New Zealand
            45 United States.

            Note how the Scandinavia country’s and NZ with their social democracy’s repeatedly out score the USA where our righties get their idiotic “freedom” gibbering RWNJ rubbish from.

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            • Pink David

               /  10th May 2020

              “NZ is rated as one of the most free country’s in the world.”

              Does your rating include being not allowed to leave your home?

            • Duker

               /  10th May 2020

              Court has ruled its not detention….. think of another thing to moan about

      • Blazer

         /  10th May 2020

        How could God help Russia..everyone knows he’s on…’our’..side!

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    • Duker

       /  10th May 2020

      “God help us if any of this is implemented by central planning diktat.”

      You mean like the fibre optic network under Commissar Joyce.
      Wasnt the planned economic platform for coming out of the GFC all about State cycleways and Convention centres

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  10th May 2020

        I don’t recall those been advertised as reimagining the economy – just as infrastructure to support tourism and regional development.

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        • Gezza

           /  10th May 2020

          I did all right out of it. Connection cost me nothing.
          Did all right out of the Nats’ free extra insulation policy too.

          Bloody socialists. 😎

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  10th May 2020

    This country is called New Zealand, wheres this place called Aotearoa???

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    • Duker

       /  10th May 2020

      It was a name invented by that coloniser George Grey
      The romans had a better system that named a new conquest after the tribes that lived there, Judea , Britannica etc as well as older Greek names

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    • Pink David

       /  10th May 2020

      “This country is called New Zealand, wheres this place called Aotearoa???”

      The last time I heard someone say this it was from a right wing wing nut old white male caller into an am radio talk show.

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      • I also have a strong issue with this “Aotearoa” nonsense. We’re New Zealand. And no, we’re not “Aotearoa New Zealand” either. You can’t have a buck each way.

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    • Gezza

       /  10th May 2020

      Inform yourself neighbour. Start here:
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aotearoa

      Personally if I was running the country it would be renamed Kiwiland & any who objected would be deported to Northland.

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  3. Conspiratoor

     /  10th May 2020

    The green party can dream up all the nirvana scenarios they like. If there is any reimagining to be done, it will be imposed by xi and the central committee as the sovereign country formerly known as New Zealand moves inexorably towards its reimagined status as a suzerain state. Crippling post covid debt will give us no other options and will only serve to accelerate this process

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  10th May 2020

      Unlikely. Our public debt will be in US$ and unless the Govt relaxes OIO rules they are limited in what can be done privately.

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      • Duker

         /  10th May 2020

        “Our public debt will be in US$ ”
        No its not. The Reserve Bank is creating money as $NZ
        The other debt is issued as $NZ and it brings money into the country to buy.
        Complete nonsense that public debt is US$
        Private debt ? thats another matter

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    • Maggy Wassilieff

       /  10th May 2020

      sovereign country formerly known as New Zealand

      I think our nation’s name will remain as 新西兰.

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      • lurcher1948

         /  10th May 2020

        Kitty,i decided to visit this Chinese site,an eye opener, also our population numbers and PM Jacinda Arderns name from a Chinese point of view
        New Zealand-Knowledge Librarybaike.baidu.com ›item› New Zealand
        Translate this page
        New Zealand (English: New Zealand), also translated New Zealand, is a country in the South Pacific. The political system implements a constitutional monarchy mixed with British parliamentary democracy. It is now one of the members of the Commonwealth. New Zealand is located in the Pacific Southwest …
        Country code : NZL National leader : Governor: Pacy Reddy; Prime Minister: Jessin Aden
        Population : 492 million (June 2019) Population density : 18.2 people / km2 (2017)
        Asian New Zealanders · Anglo-New Zealand · New Zealand Institute of Technology Hokuriku · National Unitec Institute of Technology

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  10th May 2020

          “Population : 492 million (June 2019) Population density : 18.2 people / km2 (2017)”

          By god you are right lurch. It is said the chnse play a long game 😉

          Also from the same site baidu.com an “urban design toolkit” for investors looking to exploit our benign investment climate to transform the NZ urban landscape

          https://wenku.baidu.com/view/2af7a4ea6294dd88d0d26b20.html

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        • lurcher1948

           /  10th May 2020

          Sorry, Kitty, it was Maggy W,s post, an old mans brain fart..

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          • Maggy Wassilieff

             /  10th May 2020

            Well when you have to Translate 贾辛达·阿登 into English then Jessin Aden isn’t a bad approximation.

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          • I did wonder. Lurch.

            Maggy, I once had a Malaysian neighbour whose father back in Malaysia was semi-literate, Mike dreaded his letters, as it took so long to try to decipher them; Chinese characters ‘spelt’ wrong are…well, you can imagine what it would be like trying to read them. Noe mattur how badlee sumwun spellt Inglish wurrdz, thay wood youshuallee be reebabell.

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            • Maggy Wassilieff

               /  10th May 2020

              It’s nice of Lurcher to be concerned about the spelling of our PM’s (and GG’s) name…. but not a dicky bird about folks like me being described as ” Anglo- NZ” when not a drop of Angle blood pulses through my veins.

  4. The Greens “reimagining” our nation sounds very ominous to me…I’m old enough to know what China’s “Great Leap Forward” was all about, and to know about the positive, very similar propaganda that was used at the time. I think the the Chinese government also used the word “reimagining” a fair bit at the time…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Leap_Forward

    For those not in the know, the GLF resulted in somewhere between 10 and 45 million deaths, mostly from starvation.

    The Greens have been critical of farmers for years. Presumably their new, “green” economy for NZ won’t include the actual growing of food if they’re to be anything resembling consistent in their wacky ideology. The end result of green / red ideologies is always, always horrific.

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