We all have a role to play in the prosperity of our region
The Christchurch Foundation
1 June 2018
Recently New Zealand was named as the second most prosperous country in the world by The Legatum Institute. The London based think tank released its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks the most prosperous nations.
New Zealand now outranks Finland – a country we are often highlighted as performing poorly against. Since the index was founded in 2007 our lowest place was fourth and we have taken out top spot seven times.
Given recent newspaper headlines outlining our childhood poverty statistics, the housing crisis and rivers we can’t swim in, this came as a surprise to me. So, I did a little more research and thinking.
The Legatum Institute doesn’t view prosperity as being just the amount of money that a country has. It compared 104 variables in developing the rankings including personal freedom, natural environment and social capital.
Further reading on their website provides more detail. It is worth investing some time in, over a cup of tea.
When reviewing these results, it seems to me that all of us have a role to play to ensure that our collective prosperity is spread more. We are doing ok but can do better. Smart central government policy and investment are obviously key, but these wheels take time to turn.
In contrary a nimble, grassroots engaged, fact-based charity or social enterprise can make an impact quickly, if it is well supported.
That is why we have established The Christchurch Foundation as a vehicle for our region’s generosity. We can connect people who have the means to alter the course of the issues our regions faces. We have the ability to be flexible and to take risks and be responsive to our community needs in a way that is difficult or slow for central and local government.
Christchurch in time could become even more prosperous if we can channel the region’s wealth in a meaningful way.