Set Them Free?

20 May

The front page of the paper today has the issue of the South losing its young people.  While reading it I was thinking that we want our children to go off and experience life, do the OE or whatever takes their fancy while they are young.  If we give them good roots they will come back and make our community better with the experience they have gained and the things they have seen.  Two pages on, my views are affirmed by the story of Brendan Patton.


At 33 he has come home.  He brings with him, knowledge, experience and possibility money earned elsewhere to be invested, in this case, in South City.  He may well have brought his partner from further afield.  They may well raise a family in the South, and the cycle begins again.  Is ‘our young people’ leaving a bad thing?  And how do we know they are NOT returning?


One Response to “Set Them Free?”

  1. Phil T May 20, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    Was just another dumb front page story about some obvious facts but failing to look through them and understand the big picture. I am concerned that Tom Campbell is getting caught up in such off the cuff statements when he is meant to be developing a strategy. Is it a strategy or just a long list of statements about the obvious. They will never arrive and any sort of robust strategy if they don’t try to understand the big picture as you have pointed out.
    I personally think the more our young people travel the more they will get to see what a great part of the world we live in and when they do come home they will bring that appreciation home with them.
    Our daughter who interesting started her career at Bluff school spent almost seven years overseas mostly in the UK teaching at a private school close to London. During those years she visited most of Europe and further afield and loved every minute but the south was always her home. She returned a couple of years ago with a highly qualified engineer who immediately got a job and she took a bit of a change in career and has been working as well. They have bought a house in the city and he just got his NZ passport the other day. The great thing about them is they live hear because they choose to, not because they have to.
    Tom Campbell would be better off getting out and talking to these sorts of people rather than sitting making silly comments about what rests just beyond the end of his nose.
    There is a vibrant get ahead younger sector of people in Invercargill and the biggest issue they see facing our city is the disconnect between the community and the councils understanding. Who talks to them? They see people who should be long retired hanging onto positions both on council and within council staff when they should be long retired. They see a complete lack of integrity amongst many of the elected people as they cling on for personal gain. They see the city leadership as old and well past being able to be reactive of engaging. They see a system where to engage with council through long term plans etc as just plain far to slow.
    The biggest thing Tom Campbell could do if he is serious about attracting young people back to the south is knock down some of the closed doors so young people can get engaged with local body politics and business.
    The old boys network is the most common statement your hear when people are talking about Invercargill and that culture is destructive. Put an end to that and embrace the young skilled people who come to the south and move those who should be retired onto greener pastures.
    Will that happen? No because the present leadership has no vision and honestly doesn’t really care.

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