March 17, 2020
Pandemic test of self-reliance
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the coronavirus crisis is a chance for the country to increase its self-reliance while maintaining support and connection for the rest of the world.
The Government yesterday announced a $12.1 billion stimulus package to keep the country going through a certain recession and to ramp up the ability of the health system to deal with Covid-19 cases.
Mr Peters says it was the response that was needed, and while the country may be locked down, it did not need to shut down.
"We’ve got to keep our markets offshore going. We've got to keep whatever we can in terms of our trade going. But there's some things we can do ourselves better than we used to do. For example, build houses out of wood. When we talk about insulation we should be talking about wool insulation. We've got all this product in our country ourselves, and if we start relying far more on our own assets and our own utilities, if we rely on our own people, we will do far better than people think," he says.
Mr Peters says New Zealand is a lucky country because it can feed itself.
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