Optimists Spot Silver Lining to Covid-19 Outbreak
15 April 2020
Life throws all of us curveballs at some stage and the measure of our character is how we respond to these challenges and the outcomes that we allow.
There is a lot of internet chatter about who is responsible for the outbreak and who are trying to financially benefit from it, whether it be pharmaceutical giants, business liquidators, price gougers or mask manufacturers, all things we cannot control. However we all have a choice to either slump in a morass of morbidity or look for the chance to prove our resilience.
Spotting silver linings to something like a pandemic is the job of optimists. There are still a few in existence and here are some positive observations.
Population growth in about 38 weeks. ( as long as not too many people make use of the newly approved Abortion rules.)
Opportunities to rebuild manufacturing facilities and competencies in New Zealand as we support local businesses to get up and running and focus government purchasing in New Zealand.
Increased appreciation of our nation as we holiday and travel within our borders this year.
Upgraded personal relationships as we have been forced into deeper interactions through the lockdown.
Relief for farmers as we reached carbon targets while they were still working flat out, proving that they are not the pariahs of the environment they have been painted as.
Increased culinary skills as fast food outlets have been off limits so meat and 3 veg have returned. (maybe)
Lists of “round to it” jobs completed across the country.
Opportunities to invent and make ideas reality.
Re assessment of what is really important.
Just as the lockdown has helped us reassess our private lives, the lifting of the lockdown (which I believe should be sooner rather than later, with restrictions) also means we need to adjust how we do business and where we spend our reduced budget.
Less travel, more meal preparation and less impulsive buying have all seen our budgets benefit. So too has needless replacement of adequate appliances and wearing clothes just once. These are all skills and habits we may need to retain to survive any recession. Spending locally helps local businesses which benefits our communities.
As a nation It is obvious that we need to diversify more in trading partners, and with Britain still committed to the end of year Brexit deadline with Europe, it is an ideal time to negotiate with them for market access. We also need to prioritise government spending in New Zealand, with New Zealand firms, to retain as much finance and as many skills in the country as possible.
This is a great opportunity to assess whether it is possible to replace the use of 1080 with trapping and lures as we have more labour resources available, as well as to encourage Kiwis to do jobs that we have imported labour for, such as seasonal work and aged care.
Has working from home been productive for businesses with remote access? If so, then continuing reduces traffic congestion, the need for carparks and reduces office expenses. The proliferation of online meetings may result in less travel and greater time efficiency as well.
In the future New Zealand needs to make efforts to recover the costs of the outbreak to our economy from the CCP who, at the least through inaction, allowed the pandemic to change the world. In a user pays environment, it is unfair to expect the New Zealand taxpayer, and generations to come, to foot the bill for decisions made in China by the Chinese ruling authorities.
For now we need to release that Kiwi ingenuity and creativity that isolation and social distance forced upon us as a fledgling nation, and bring some fresh ideas and products to the world.
It’s not government control, regulation or dependency that will lift us out of our current situation. We all have a part to play, but it is definitely “our attitude that will determine our altitude!!” Zig Ziglar
Leader, New Conservative