No Minister

Keeping up with the Joneses

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Sir Robert Jones is leaving New Zealand, as he describes in his final blog post, Farewell, where he nails the key point:

And how many of our kids will follow? This question arises in the post of another prominent New Zealander, Don Brash, where he points out five major problems that I’ll summarise here:

  1. The crisis of housing affordability.
  2. The rapidly growing racial divide.
  3. The very slow growth in the average income of New Zealanders.
  4. Our education system is also failing far too many of our kids, as international surveys show: we have some of the worst results for maths and science of any developed country.
  5. The failure of successive governments to deal with the looming fiscal challenges of an aging population

Don’t think the kids haven’t noticed all this, and the failure to deal with these issues: mine certainly have, and their US citizenship is burning a hole in their pockets:

Some countries face serious challenges which they can do little about – rapid depletion of water resources for example, or extreme political tensions arising from religious differences, or hostile neighbours. We have none of those challenges, and have only ourselves to blame if we see more and more of our kids decide that they can have a better future somewhere else

I doubt that I’ll leave again, as I have in the past, but increasingly I feel that I’m merely holding a fort here that is irrelevant to those I love.


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  1. Yes Tom it is documented how New Zealand is falling in education standards for Maths and other sciences, real ones not social, political or gender and accompanying fake degrees however I suggest we may well lead in Te Reo and Maori science eh bro.


    March 4, 2022 at 12:43 pm

  2. I personally believe we are better off in NZ than anywhere else, even though this place seems absolutely insane right now. I could be wrong of course. Hope I’m not. But I’m going to bet on New Zealand over every other place.

    Lucia Maria

    March 4, 2022 at 2:41 pm

  3. Tom …. this is one of your posts that I can agree with and thank you, Sir Robert, for holding high the torch of reason coupled with your acerbic whit.

    The Veteran

    March 4, 2022 at 3:02 pm

  4. Donald T Brash.

    I remember him. Wasn’t he a National Party leader who actually wanted to fix a whole raft of systemic problems in NZ , as opposed to constantly prostrating himself to the left-progressive media like most of the other leaders since ? Oh, those were the days.

    Porky Roebuck

    March 4, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    • If I could leave tomorrow, I would. I don’t recognise this country any longer.

      Nick K

      March 4, 2022 at 5:29 pm

  5. I lived in NSW for a while. It was very different, and very relaxed compared to here.
    I can’t imagine moving back now thou -there is little support for Kiwi’s and the beaucracy is far worse than here.
    Hopefully I can setup the kids to live wherever they choose. (I wouldn’t blame them if they leave NZ)


    March 4, 2022 at 6:54 pm

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