Future thinking

The future can be an anxiety-inducing prospect, particularly when it comes to figuring out what the world will look like in 50 years’ time. But an event coming up in Wellington called Optimistic Futures plans to explore just that, in an optimistic, no doomsday, apocalypses kind of way, in order to see how the government can help shape the future of New Zealand.


Last month, the Government announced major changes to the ‘skilled migrant’ Visa category, with anyone earning under $49,000 a year now no longer meeting the ‘skilled’ criteria. Immigration lawyer Aaron Martin weighs in on the impact this will have on New Zealand's business sector.

Many people don't want the government knowing all their business. Yet others reckon we should strive for knowledge efficiencies across the public sector. Rob Hosking talks to government chief information officer (yes, there is such a thing) Colin MacDonald.