Monday, August 13, 2012
Fiona Mackenzie: Visionary Leadership Needed for NZ
Well, I was quickly disappointed and it’s been a painful lesson. The last four years has only reminded me of the old maxim – "Never make assumptions. They will inevitably be wrong." We have just another Government intent on doing what it takes to stay in power rather than lead us to greatness.
New Zealand is crying out for a sense of direction (that is not downwards) – a vision for our country that guides us in turning the tide on damaging decisions, clumsy legislation, spurious racial division, intergenerational harm, grasping greediness, laziness and victimhood - and thus creating a country we can be proud of again.
Watching the Olympics over the last couple of weeks, I see a personification of that vision. Amazing young people who are committed to being the best they can be, thereby inspiring others to get off the couch and see life beyond the X-Box. Our athletes and their support teams have committed themselves, made sacrifices and gone for goals. Success or failure - they take responsibility – and they have made a great contribution to New Zealand’s spirit.
Our country can work like that too. We can stop fiddling with things and playing political games, and start focusing on making a real difference for the benefit of all Kiwis. Strong countries get to invest in their people and their environment. If we want New Zealand to be a better place to live, we need to be strong.
If we had a winning vision for New Zealand, one that Kiwis could embrace, it would serve to guide our politicians and us in everyday life. We’d ask the question – will this help achieve our goals? Or in Peter Blake’s terminology: “will it make the boat go faster?” If the answer is “no”, then we don’t go there. If it makes no difference, we wouldn’t invest time and resources in areas that simply don’t matter. If the answers yes, we might even make the tough decisions that have been crying out to be made for too many generations.
While we are distracted by inanities such as celebrities twittering, there are so many issues crying out for this leadership. Personally, I’m tired of seeing generation after generation of kids unloved and damaged by the very people who should be nurturing them. There’s the perpetual hand-wringing over the drunk, the obese, the streetwalkers and the violent offenders on bail. I can’t understand why commonsense rules to the banking and finance sector are being made to protect the financially naive. I’m so over the manipulative and power-hungry guilting the hard-working taxpayers into not even questioning where their monies go. Don’t start me on the issue of racial ancestry and mythology determining inventive new rights and privileges over other Kiwis. I’m tired of public sector waste and incompetence where everything seems to be focused on perpetuating process (and pay packets), rather than achieving worthwhile objectives. And I’m convinced we do not have an effective democracy.
True we have many great people making their contribution at all levels of our society. But to make a real difference, we need to see it radiating from our leaders at the top of the political spectrum. Next election is 2014 – and I live in hope. Visionary leadership is all I ask for.
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