The New Zealand Government is wanting to focus the public's attention on a beefed up 12 point plan when it comes to both their Coalition Government and policy agenda. But, how much of it is smoke and mirrors and how much is real? Nearly a year into its first term of Government the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, outlined the approach at what otherwise might be described as a group of tech heads getting together to launch a new iPhone.
"This plan represents our shared vision and priorities - Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens," and "It establishes the foundation for the Government's work and includes issues of particular importance to each of the parties which are supported by all of them." The PM said.
What are the foundations? Well, twelve areas of focus – but are they just a little too airy fairy?:
"Grow and share New Zealand's prosperity more fairly"
"Support thriving, sustainable regions"
"Transition to a clean, green carbon-neutral New Zealand"
"Ensure everyone who is able to is earning, learning, caring or volunteering"
"Support healthier, safer and more connected communities"
"Ensure everyone has a warm, dry home"
"Make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child"
"Deliver open, transformative and compassionate government"
"Build closer partnerships with Māori"
"Value who we are as a country"
"Create an international reputation we can be proud of"
"Every New Zealander can clearly see what the Government is doing and what our priorities are. While not everything we will do is listed, it provides certainty on our direction and the issues we are focused on.” She went on to say
Yes – but what is actually being delivered? Are these just aspirational statements and if so how is each of the Government Ministers responsible going about their execution and implementation? What do you think?
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