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OLIVER HARTWICH interviewed by Leighton Smith

The Leighton Smith Podcast: New Zealand Initiative, Executive Director Oliver Hartwich discusses the serious issues New Zealand faces.


New Zealand is confronted with numerous serious issues; economic, financial, social, governance, and more.


Oliver Hartwich analyses what’s wrong and what needs to be done. Starting with the Public Service and Education.


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Aaron Shanahan
Aaron Shanahan
Mar 20, 2023

That interview says it all in regards to the public service.

Bloated, self important and completely deceitful and far removed from reality.

The question has to be asked.

Why do we need a burgeoning and growing festering boil that is the public service? They can't do anything themselves without employing an army of gregarious and self entitled serfs to justify their ideology and make their wishes reality .

They employ consultants to do the work they should how to do, and by doing so, shield themselves from criticism.

Harsh, I know.

Fuck every public service, servant, and fuck their self serving and indulgent righteous.

Sack the lot of them. And contract the works out needed to repair health , education…

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To me it appears that western society aspires downward not aspiring up as it used to.


I went to a younger person's wedding recently and was the most overdressed person there (and I dressed down)! It was more like a convention of the homeless with tattooed ladies and men in jeans and t-shirts rather than a wedding where everyone dressed up! Even the groom wore sneakers!!!! To me this just illustrated a general cultural attitude! Maybe, I'm just old-fashioned!

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Octavian Augustus
Octavian Augustus
Mar 19, 2023
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You are right to say this. You should judge a book by its cover, on balance. A person's outward appearance gives very strong clues as to their state of mind and the type of person they are.



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R Arlidge
R Arlidge
Mar 19, 2023

Always honest, sensible and pragmatic, Oliver is a voice of reason. While we are faced with many tough economic and cultural issues, the one that needs the most urgent attention is Education. It's the 'below the radar' cancer which will cause us the biggest problem. Of course, we have pressing problems in the cost of living, health and infrastructure etc, but there's good reason why it's human nature that our children should come first, for they ARE the future. Naturally, addressing that issue doesn't mean we can't sort out some of the others simultaneously, but Education is critically important and needs to be a priority, especially if we want to lift our game and also prevent a furtherance and/or resurgence…

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Kloyd0306
Kloyd0306
Mar 19, 2023

Imagine if Leighton was still in his 9 to 12 slot on ZB and he played excerpts of this to a huge audience.


That too, has changed. ZB is fast tracking toward wokeness. McIvor has no such grounding and her slot is but a shadow of what Smith established.


Lush is a left-leaning twat, often followed at midnight by another twat Travis. Both are unlistenable.


Hosking is our last hope yet he persists on using the deplorable Richard Arnold for his USA report. Arnold is Democrat hack. I have written to Hosking several times pointing this out but no joy so far. A concerted campaign perhaps from us bloggers?


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Good summation of this bunch

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ron
ron
Mar 19, 2023

Thanks admin. Took the time out to listen. A huge amount of sense articulated in a typically Germanic way! Completely agree about a dumbed down NZ public service, largely driven by cult theoretical ideals over professionalism. Whilst Ministers effectively being CEOs of their ministries seems right, a proper job, it implies possessing experience and training of which most Labour and indeed Green Ministers are completely devoid. On that basis it could never work here.


In many respects, contrary to Oliver's perspective, a 'yes Minister' approach is essential to ensure that any nation can continue to operate in a practical manner, irrespective of the Government of the day. However that relies on an underlying understanding of and support of by senio…

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