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All in this together: time to get real

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When reflecting on the highs and lows of 2019, one cannot escape the conclusion that, as a community, we have missed opportunities to strengthen our defences against the economic, environmental and social threats to our well-being.

In my humble opinion, part of the reason for this unfortunate position is that we have not adequately recognised the nature of the beast we confront, or the intellectual and physical resources required to mount that defence.

There are actually three parts to this equation. All are the responsibility of people either elected to the council or those appointed to governing boards like Trust Tairawhiti.

1. The first is to identify opportunities for economic development.

2. The second is to list them in priority order that can be used when allocating scarce financial........

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