What would you like to see happen with Bill English as Prime Minister?

“I hope that he keeps NZ’s economy heading up like John Key did. I hope he also puts the thoughts of New Zealand’s people and their culture before his own thoughts.” — Alice, 16, GGHS

“I hope Bill English makes an impact on the issues of NZ that really count, such as child poverty and mental health in our communities.” — Rebekah, 18, Auckland University

“I hope Bill English makes an impact on issues like mental health and funding and trying to help end the stigma around mental illness.” — Kate, 16, GGHS

“I would like to see Bill have a positive impact on New Zealand’s economy, however not substituting what New Zealand believes in for the so-called ‘gain’. With that being said, I can see Bill just riding out this year by not making too many big decisions as we approach the election.” — Rebecca, 16, GGHS

“I know this isn’t necessarily his job but I’d like to see better catering for students in lower decile schools who want to succeed academically and don’t want to just do the bare minimum. I feel at the moment those efforts are aimed at higher decile schools, whereas at lower decile schools, things are focused on getting everyone through school as easy as possible, whether those kids want to push themselves to do well in school or not. There should be more options.” — Morgan, 15, LHS

“I would appreciate it if Bill English could stand up to Donald Trump a little more, rather than just rolling over and showing his belly to him and going along with everything he says. We are a diverse nation in our own right and it is unfair that our leader is just going along with an oligarch who supports disgusting bigoted policies, just because he doesn’t want to make waves. As well as that I’d appreciate a larger governmental focus on mental health care in our society.” - Emma, 20, Victoria University

“I would like to see a positive impact around drug and alcohol issues, such as fewer liquor stores in lower income areas or stricter rules surrounding the purchase of alcohol. Meth is a major problem, in Gisborne especially, and I would like to see more of a target to stop the dealing of this drug, as drug and alcohol abuse is the cause of a lot of domestic violence and mental health issues. I would also like to see better mental health care.” — Elise, 16, GGHS

“I want to see more jobs and something done about the Auckland housing crisis. I want to see more houses being used, as opposed to vandalised empty houses. Bill English should say yes to a drug-free New Zealand.” — Miriama, 16, Mt Roskill Grammar

“Well first of all when the name Bill English comes to mind, I definitely would not have known he was our Prime Minister. Whoever he is I hope he does good for New Zealanders.” — Alex, 16, GGHS

“I would loven him to increase the minimum wage, lower the hours of the working week to 35, implement a ratio between the lowest and highest paid in a business (i.e. 1 to 20 or something), have universal health care and education, completely demilitarise, invest in environmentally friendly energy and close unsustainable sources of energy, increase taxes for the upper earners, increase taxes on businesses that exploit the environment, have no drilling! Increase representation for major and other ethnicities in parliament, introduce te reo Maori in schools as a compulsory subject — the list goes on.” — Hugo, 19, Victoria University

“I want to see our new Prime Minister make changes that will lead to improvement of New Zealanders’ health and wellbeing. Soft drinks should be banned or regulated and there should be wider education on nutritional eating and cooking. I would also like to see him openly taking the public’s opinion around what we believe should happen.” — Kate, 16, GGHS

“I hope that he keeps NZ’s economy heading up like John Key did. I hope he also puts the thoughts of New Zealand’s people and their culture before his own thoughts.” — Alice, 16, GGHS

“I hope Bill English makes an impact on the issues of NZ that really count, such as child poverty and mental health in our communities.” — Rebekah, 18, Auckland University

“I hope Bill English makes an impact on issues like mental health and funding and trying to help end the stigma around mental illness.” — Kate, 16, GGHS

“I would like to see Bill have a positive impact on New Zealand’s economy, however not substituting what New Zealand believes in for the so-called ‘gain’. With that being said, I can see Bill just riding out this year by not making too many big decisions as we approach the election.” — Rebecca, 16, GGHS

“I know this isn’t necessarily his job but I’d like to see better catering for students in lower decile schools who want to succeed academically and don’t want to just do the bare minimum. I feel at the moment those efforts are aimed at higher decile schools, whereas at lower decile schools, things are focused on getting everyone through school as easy as possible, whether those kids want to push themselves to do well in school or not. There should be more options.” — Morgan, 15, LHS

“I would appreciate it if Bill English could stand up to Donald Trump a little more, rather than just rolling over and showing his belly to him and going along with everything he says. We are a diverse nation in our own right and it is unfair that our leader is just going along with an oligarch who supports disgusting bigoted policies, just because he doesn’t want to make waves. As well as that I’d appreciate a larger governmental focus on mental health care in our society.” - Emma, 20, Victoria University

“I would like to see a positive impact around drug and alcohol issues, such as fewer liquor stores in lower income areas or stricter rules surrounding the purchase of alcohol. Meth is a major problem, in Gisborne especially, and I would like to see more of a target to stop the dealing of this drug, as drug and alcohol abuse is the cause of a lot of domestic violence and mental health issues. I would also like to see better mental health care.” — Elise, 16, GGHS

“I want to see more jobs and something done about the Auckland housing crisis. I want to see more houses being used, as opposed to vandalised empty houses. Bill English should say yes to a drug-free New Zealand.” — Miriama, 16, Mt Roskill Grammar

“Well first of all when the name Bill English comes to mind, I definitely would not have known he was our Prime Minister. Whoever he is I hope he does good for New Zealanders.” — Alex, 16, GGHS

“I would loven him to increase the minimum wage, lower the hours of the working week to 35, implement a ratio between the lowest and highest paid in a business (i.e. 1 to 20 or something), have universal health care and education, completely demilitarise, invest in environmentally friendly energy and close unsustainable sources of energy, increase taxes for the upper earners, increase taxes on businesses that exploit the environment, have no drilling! Increase representation for major and other ethnicities in parliament, introduce te reo Maori in schools as a compulsory subject — the list goes on.” — Hugo, 19, Victoria University

“I want to see our new Prime Minister make changes that will lead to improvement of New Zealanders’ health and wellbeing. Soft drinks should be banned or regulated and there should be wider education on nutritional eating and cooking. I would also like to see him openly taking the public’s opinion around what we believe should happen.” — Kate, 16, GGHS

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Mary-Ann de Kort - 6 months ago
It's easy to look like a successful and thriving economy if you borrow heavily and sell the family jewels to fund it.
Eventually the piper will come calling and will expect us to repay the $100-odd billion which has been clocked up under Key's leadership.
We are also going to have increased expenditure due to underinvestment in services like hospitals, schools, doc and civil defence.
The trouble is many of our assets have been sold so we won't get the substantial profits from those to help out. We're also busy selling our state houses so instead of getting rent, we'll be paying thousands more rental subsidies to landlords.
The Key government also stopped investing in retirement costs and health, which will be another huge elephant in the room.
Imagine what cleaning our waterways and beaches will cost after unfettered pollution. People are getting sick from the water.
Christchurch and Kaikoura are a long way from being fixed. Although it has cost us plenty in expensive consultants, many still live in broken homes with broken sewage pipes and roads outside their houses.
It's going to be extremely difficult for any government to manage the finances and provide the NZ we should all expect with these challenges over our heads.
Let's find someone who is actually up to it.

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