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Just where is New Zealand headed? How will our future shape up? Will we be okay?

New Zealand is at a crossroads. People are increasingly concerned about where we are headed. Can we improve our appalling statistics on poverty and violence? What about work - will we all be replaced by robots? Will our children (let alone our grandchildren) be able to afford to buy a house? Can we clean up our rivers?

This book looks at many aspects of our lives and our nation. Experts in their fields write about the challenges that face us and the opportunities we have to make changes for the better.

A fascinating set of perspectives and ideas on our way of life and our future as a nation.

Writers are: Dame Anne Salmond, Judge Andrew Becroft; Rod Oram; Jacinta Ruru; Felicity Goodyear-Smith; Tim Watkin; Patrick Reynolds; Jarrod Gilbert; Stuart McNaughton; David Brougham, Jarrod Haar & Yumiko Olliver-Gray; Golriz Ghahraman; Theresa Gattung; Peter O'Connor; and Leonie Freeman.


...(The essays in this book) point to a future hardly imagined just a generation ago, when we seemed to be stuck with a sort of sickly, unequal, 'European'-dominated biculturalism.... We have common ground, and the essays in this fine book point firmly and hopefully to the economic and social structure we should be planning to build on it.

Tim Hazledine, New Zealand Books

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    July 30, 2018


    304 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • EBook


    July 30, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    304 pages

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Will my job be taken by a robot?

An insightful essay about the future of work from The Big Questions.