The largest denomination coin could only be $6 - even that may not be possible, there would be too much counterfeiting.
Unless we made them of silver, hmm I guess that is an option.
Oh and the housing markets will cool due to money being redirected from major cities, to the rural towns.
Mal I totally agree with you on modular housing and tiny houses are a good idea too.
Oh 25 year mortgage, that's normal. You don't know the true meaning of mortgage - its debt to death. You haven't heard of the "Life Time Mortgage" It's all the rage in America and it will be on our shores shortly, that is 50 year mortgages - you're basically only paying the interest, renting from the bank!
Less people means less crime and other social problems. I'd be a fan of caping nz's population, though that would be a difficult thing to do.
Yep loads of drug education, drug testing kits and booths at concerts etc.
Any dealers or traffickers get harsher sentences. While (non-violent)addicts are taken to care facilities where they are treated for their addiction.
As for the education system, it needs a total overhaul - it was bad when I went through it, and it's only gotten worse. There needs to be far more practical hands on skills, and especially apprenticeships (spelling?), work experience etc.
Fining them would be tricky, how do we know it's their mess?
The problem with you being a freedom camper, is you are good. The majority are not.
Yes, I agree you shouldn't be rich to visit new zealand, but these tourists are coming here on a shoestring budget. And if they have to save a bit more to visit, all the better for making our country a more desirable location.
I think there could be far more cheaper accommodation for tourists, and cheaper transport. I'm a big fan of rail (electric).
I'd treat this issue cautiously, the tourist entrance fee is a start, perhaps some fees for foreigners on the walking/hiking tracks too.
There needs to be a rebalance of use, and some way of funding extra care of our locations and infrastracture as well as improving facilities.
Our policy is to put all state assets into a Charity fund for every new zealand citizen (they get an annual pay out of profits)
We'll buy Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter, NZ Steelmill at Glenbrook and other places to put them into this trust - to prevent other governments from flogging them off for a shortsighted funding boost for their own term in office.
As for difficulty raising a family, I'm a firm believer in one parent staying home to take care of children. Why should children be flogged off to early child care facilities. Or one partner or both should at the very least work only part time. And to do that we need to change taxes around children and working parents.
I'm a fan of prisoners (non violent etc) doing work outside of prison and gaining on job skills too.
I'd abolish Queens birthday (it's not even on her birthday WTF!) We'd change the name.
Make most holidays into long weekends.
Abolish all religious holidays, but would simply call them something different, os religious people can still celebrate it.
There would be two major groups of holidays, a couple of winter ones - split so the ski fields are not swamped all in one week & just incase there is no snow as well (for all the snow activities) and a summer one.
One last thing, restrict Christmas advertising and paraphernalia to no before November the 10th (I hate how they shove it in your face from October! It really dumbs it all down.