One of the things I hope we will do as a nation in the post pandemic economy is to focus on being more self-sufficient as a country. There are lots of things we once made – like shoes and garments which companies outsourced to places like China and Vietnam where labour was cheaper.
The thing is, if we buy local we keep someone in our country employed and prices, while initially a bit higher , may soon level out .
It may be that we can’t make everything we want to use. I was thinking cellphones and computers, for example,would be pretty hard to make because we don’t have rare earths to create some of the essential bits like the screens. But then I thought – well maybe we could bring in the components we need to make a Kiwiphone or a Kiwcomputer.
People who work in the electronics field would know far better than I what’s possible and impossible – my point is I would like to see us importing less stuff, fixing what we have when it breaks down (wherever possible) instead of throwing things away . In short, seeing if we can make as many of the things we really need by ourselves and for our selves.
And who knows – maybe,just maybe, we CAN even make a cellphone 🙂
I really had to smile when I Googled How to Make A Cellphone and came up with this little beauty from a 2013 article.And yep apparently it really works. Here’s the reference all you whizz kids.
Now someone, somewhere in a garage in our wonderful island nation must be able to make something like this wouldn’t you think
I wonder what a kiwi designed cellphone would look like?
A bit like the one in the photo perhaps ?
Or do you have a better design idea?
Let your imaginations flow! Maybe the kids could draw one for me.
Look after each other
See you tomorrow
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.