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Sir Peter Gluckman says our thinking is too short-term.

Scientists say Kiwi innovation hasn’t progressed as far as it could or should – and now’s the time for a reset.

Economists and researchers at Auckland University’s Koi Tū says we have a unique opportunity to develop research and development and grow the knowledge economy.

Director Sir Peter Gluckman told Mike Hosking we need strategies for the economy, environment and social justice that extend beyond political cycles.

“New Zealand politics and New Zealand society is really short term in its thinking. We need to be thinking about where we will be 10, 20 years from now.”

He says creating a knowledge hub will help attract multinational companies and foreign investment.

“We have the lowest activity by large companies of any OECD country. Without large companies, we’re not going to grow economies to the scale we need.”

  • NZ needs to establish a non political ‘government board’ to oversee the long term development of NZ free from the need to be re-elected.

  • The board will be non partisan (a challenge) and comprised of proven NZ leaders from different facets of NZ life

  • The Board’s job is to set long term goals and evidenced based strategies, then monitor the success of the government in implementing the strategies.

  • The board should report back to taxpayers every 3 months to show the progress or otherwise of the incumbent government.

  • Unsuccessful governments will no longer be able to hide behind economically ruinous covid responses or slick election campaigns.

  • And government actions which are not evidenced based (the Labour party oil and gas ban, the Labour Party ‘road safety’ improvements, the Labour party child poverty reduction strategy, the Labour Party mental health spending, etc.) should be called out by the board before billions are wasted.

  • Other spending which could have been nipped in the bud if a non partisan board using evidenced based evaluation includes the marijuana referendum, the predictably unsuccessful Pike River re-entry. the oil and gas ban,

  • The Board could also help moderate the partisan misinformation pedaled by NZ’s sub par media.

  • Australia set -up a  high-powered National Covid-19 Coordination Commission (board) which considered the economic and long term health affects when devising Australia’s ‘much more successful’ covid response,

  • Who could be on the board with Sir Peter Gluckman, Sir David Skegg, Dr Steven Elers, Rob Fyfe and  to advise the government and NZ tax payers?