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.

“This is an existential question for us, and our very survival as a culture and as a people is at stake”

Minister of Climate Change James Shaw has been at the COP24 conference in Poland (he is still there, having extended his stay in the hope that something might be decided). Anything agreed on will govern countries’ efforts in adhering to their commitments under the Paris Agreement.

RNZ – Climate talks: ‘The levels of concern are so different’ – Shaw

One of the sticking points is whether efforts under the Kyoto Protocol will count towards Paris. Essentially, countries can’t agree on how they’ll count their greenhouse gas emissions, or their efforts to reduce them.

Mr Shaw told reporters this morning these were technical matters negotiators had been grappling with for three years. “Frankly, they should’ve gotten past that kind of detail before all the ministers showed up for the final three days,” he said.

Broadly speaking, Mr Shaw said a big frustration for him was the differences in countries’ commitments to fighting the effects of climate change.

“On one side you’ve got countries who are saying that they want a set of rules that are quite permissive and lets them do things, because they’re worried about the potential impact on their Gross Domestic Product.

“On the other hand, you’ve got a group of countries who are saying ‘this is an existential question for us, and our very survival as a culture and as a people is at stake’.”

That’s a big statement. perhaps Shaw is right, or maybe he just believes that everyone has to change to his way of thinking and living or they are doomed. It’s a bit like a religious thing – if you don’t believe in Green heaven you will go to hell.



Rethinking education

Instead of throwing an election bribe at the educated elite shouldn’t we rethink how we do tertiary education and work retraining.

Over the last fifty years there has been a shift towards more academic diplomas and degrees, but has this been at the expense of relevant work training?

If people are expected to have to retrain several times through their working life in the future it’s not practical to spend years getting academic qualifications each time.

What about having shorter one or two year general tertiary courses supplemented by more targeted short courses?

Cunliffe – Rebuilding the future?

David Cunliffe’s big conference speech went down well with Labourites, they have been reinvigorated and their numbers have been inflated by his leadership.

But it’s far from clear how the wider voting public see Cunliffe apart from being a slick politician. That is something for the future.

A major theme in Cunliffe’s spech was the future, his speech was headlined Building a future for all and there was many references to the future.

The house was a stone’s throw from the railway tracks, tracks on which my father’s family worked and which much of the early history of this country was built – with hard labour, with high hopes and fervent dreams of a more prosperous future.

This weekend, our Party sets out together on a challenging but exciting new path. The stakes could not be higher: for the very future of this country and all who live in it.

Helping to create a fairer, more equitable future for all New Zealanders.

3. Building a Future for All

We will restore an effective emissions trading scheme. We will not walk away from our responsibities to the planet, its climate or future generations.

We want a high value, low carbon, renewable energy, smart, clean tech future.

Labour will help New Zealanders look to the future with confidence, in who we are, where we stand, where we are going.

4.  Creating the future

Our mission is to Build a Future for All, including an economy that works for everyone, a fair and just society, an environment we protect, and a nation we can be proud of.

We need to reimagine the future. To rebuild it.

Together, we will build a future for the children in this country who live in poverty, who go to school with empty stomachs, whose parents can’t afford to take them to the doctor when they are ill, who contract Third-World diseases through overcrowding in sub-standard housing.

5. Summary

Together, we will build a future for the children in this country who live in poverty, who go to school with empty stomachs, whose parents can’t afford to take them to the doctor when they are ill, who contract Third-World diseases through overcrowding in sub-standard housing.

We will build a future for the young people who leave school directionless without support, guidance or prospects.

We will build a future with our young people who come out of university with huge loans, fight their way into poorly paid jobs., and who can’t afford to buy a home of their own.

We will build a future with our businesses and exporters held back by the inflexible Reserve Bank Act that sets inflation as its primary target while ignoring the devastating effects of a high exchange rate.

We will build a future with our scientists who, are forced to look overseas for meaningful work

We will build a future with our public servants – our wonderful policewomen and men, our teachers, our nurses and doctors – whose work and worth has been so undermined and demoralized by this destructive Government.

We will build a future with our artists, authors, musicians and performers – who help us to understand not only where we stand in the world, but to feel comfortable in our own skins – and proud of who we are.

Together, we will build a future for all New Zealanders, with an economy that works for all of us, a fair and just society, an environment we protect, and a nation we can all be proud of.

Building a future is an interesting enough concept.

But the first future reference was the most ambitious.

We need to reimagine the future. To rebuild it.

How do you rebuild the future? That could take quite a bit of reimagining what politicians are capable of doing. Even one as confident of his capabilities as David Cunliffe.