A lesson for Ireland as NZ’s farmers thrive in adversity
Predictions of the destruction of rural life in New Zealand after the removal of farm subsidies in 1984 proved highly exaggerated. There is a lot we can learn from what happened in the decades since then
‘What do they do in New Zealand?” is a common question asked by Irish civil servants. It doesn’t matter what the policy problem is - healthcare, early childhood education, climate change, you name it - if Ireland is thinking about changing something, it looks at New Zealand and how it is getting the job done first.
It’s not hard to see why. New Zealand is a small open economy beside a far larger one,...
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