Archive for December, 2007

Free course

December 22, 2007
I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

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New Zealand – a 3rd world country?

December 10, 2007

New Zealand, a third world country?

Some 60 years ago, New Zealand was the envy of the world.

We had a booming economy, and a happy people with hardly a worry in the world.

What has happened since then?

q       Our economy has collapsed to the point where it is only Agriculture keeping us afloat. Even this may change as our largest company, Fonterra, is suggesting that it goes public and allows overseas investors to buy into it.

q       The entire public infrastructure that was built up over the life of New Zealand was sold off at bargain prices to the International asset strippers. Now we are in a position where the infrastructure is (has) collapsed and now the NZ Government is required to rebuild it, almost from scratch. NZ Rail, Telecom, Air NZ, etc, etc.

q       The social services sector has suffered very badly over the years. Hospitals have been shut almost everywhere except for the larger cities. We are unable to attract and keep competent doctors and nurses, as we do not have the resources or money to keep them in the county.

q       The educated youth of the country are leaving in droves, and probably will never come back because of the enormous debts that the Government causes students to attach to themselves to get an education.

q       The tax system is such that you are required to hire accountants and tax lawyers just to keep your affairs in order. The compounding interest and draconian attitudes taken by the IRD towards mistakes generated by the small businesses ensures that NZ has one of the highest failure rates for small businesses in the world.

q       In 2006 40,000 Kiwi’s voted with their feet and moved permanently to Australia, and the Government wonders why.

q       In the last 2 decades all our large successful companies have either moved offshore totally or at least a major part of their operations have, and most of our multi-millionaires have departed for greener pastures.

q       Corruption and self-serving interest is now rife throughout the corridors of power, and very visible to the public. One MP is before the High Court on charges of bribery and corruption; another is facing a charge of assault. Even though it is on public record that the assault happened, he denies it in court. The old saying about power corrupts has been proved time and again in the last decade or so in New Zealand.

So is New Zealand a Third World Country?

In my view it is, and it is likely to get worse before it gets better.

We need a visionary leader who will fire the imagination of the people and business alike. At the moment such a leader does not appear to be anywhere on the horizon, and unless one appears within the next decade with the drive and determination to make New Zealand relevant in today’s world, we will slide further and further into poverty, both in terms of assets and skills.