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Budget wins and losses: Industry players react to the world's first Wellbeing Budget

Wellbeing Month

Budget wins and losses: Industry players react to the world's first Wellbeing Budget

After an eventful week, the government finally debuted what The New York Times has called 'New Zealand's next liberal milestone': the 2019 Wellbeing Budget, the first of its kind where spending is guided by what best encourages the wellbeing of the country's citizens, rather than just economic prosperity. We reached out to a range of industry players and asked them what the most important issue the budget tackled was, as well as where there was room for improvement. Here's what The Icehouse's Andy Hamilton, The Ground Breaking Podcast's Eli Smit, Swaytech's Bob Pinchin, education futurist Claire Amos, The Workshop's Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw and more had to say.

Shared networks

After years of domination, privately owned vehicles are being contested more than ever. Old-age forms of transport such as trams, buses, trains, and bicycles, are now at war with Lime scooters, Onzos, and Ubers. Around the world, the arrival of micro-mobility alternatives, dockless transport sharing networks, and ride hailing has parked the need for private car and bike ownership. In Europe, carpooling has been ‘all the rage’; in the US, car ownership has halted and car sharing companies such as Paris-based BlaBlaCar, and US-based Zipcar claim hundreds of thousands of members as they continue to grow and expand. Now Wellington based Mevo has harnessed the car sharing scheme in New Zealand, and it's seeing similarly strong results. We chat with its CEO Erik Zydervelt, who explains how the car-share scheme flows through a modern city.