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Secondary school students prepare their own budget


I’m going to start off with health, actually. So
currently, it’s a bit over 20%. I think it’s closer to 25 than 20. So I’m going to give
it 25%. I think health is a very important baseline for any country, and especially given
rising mental health awareness in New Zealand, I’m gonna give health, let’s say
25. I think currently it’s around 20%. And yeah, I think that’s, that’s pretty good. Let’s give 20 to Health now, I would give 20 again, because of the very
significant issues of mental health and so, the consequent programs and awareness,
that we’ll need to come from there. New Zealand has one of the highest and like the worst
suicide rates for like youth, people. So I would be especially
keen to see more awareness being built around that and more methods
to actually help these people cope. In terms of education. I think that’s also a very important
issue affecting the youth. So I’m going to give it, let’s say 15% that’s around 15%. 20 for now, to education, I think for education,
I’d give about 25% of the funds, simply because of the
things that we’re observing right now with tertiary education spending, as well as the teacher
strikes. So the teacher strike, it’s really just a result of something that’s been going
on for so long, and it’s really unfair, especially since these teachers are actually training
the future of our country, and we definitely need to start treating them better. Fees free,
I think it didn’t achieve its purpose, especially since it didn’t really
incentivize a lot of people to go to uni as such, and also it was spending a lot of money
that could have been spent elsewhere. I think education, hopefully they put more
focus on tertiary. Not tertiary sorry, high school education and primary school education. With defense, I would give 5%. And for defense, I would say maybe 5%. On that, can I give
like three, defense would be 5%. And I’m going to give
this 5% of defense just because that’s not quite a pressing issue in terms of wars, but
it’s important for maintaining relations with other countries. I think our employment rate
is actually at its all time low. So maybe 15% on that one, employment and immigration
10 because we see increases and we want to see increases in teacher pays,
that’s a real pressing issue. And at least 15% for employment and immigration, which
I think will be good enough. And I’d give the remaining 10%, full employment and immigration. I think
something that’s quite interesting for all of us because our concern, all of our futures
is automation. That’s coming into place. So it’s going to affect how we
all really work in the future. So I think it’s quite important to, to really prepare
everyone for the future and upskill us or really provide us with the opportunity to
get the skills that’s more relevant to that changing workplace. So just seeing more programs
available or more initiatives in place to help prepare us for that future. Infrastructure,
especially important, especially considering, Auckland transport, so I would
want more. With infrastructure I think New Zealand really needs to start investing
right now. So I’m going to give it 15. I want to put maybe 20 on infrastructure, New Zealand has
really poor infrastructure I want to see an improvement and Auckland’s congestion. 20 because
it’s important to have a very efficient means of distribution of goods and services within
the economy. And right now in Auckland. What we have is a very inefficient system,
As previously stated, with congestion and everything being observed. The population.
is growing, and I don’t think our infrastructure is capable of keeping up with that in terms
of both housing, but also public transport. And definitely we need to start investing
in that for our future because New Zealand is so big, and it takes time to get a public
transport system in place. let’s say 10 for housing, because I believe at the moment,
it’s about 9%. So it’s quite realistic. I’ll give 15 for housing, just because of the importance
to provide affordable housing for everyone. I think housing is really important. So I
think 10% on housing would be really important. I’d say for housing.
Yeah, we do need to up spending quite a bit on that since Kiwibuild hasn’t quite
turned out the way we thought it would. So let’s give, let’s say 20% To that. We need
to address is the housing issue. There’s a huge housing crisis. Currently, it’s been kind
of in the background so far, but I think it’s going to be more prominent as we as we progress
with more immigration and stuff like that. I think Kiwibuild, although the government
talks a lot about Kiwibuild, we haven’t really seen the effects of it. And it’s taken
a long time just to get, you know, proposals out and everything. I give 5% for sustainability
and conservation, because although it is a very considerable issue. Most of the problems that
arise from there is about awareness. And that shouldn’t demand too many resources. Sustainability
and conservation, I’d give that 5% Sustainability is another 5%. It’s a
growing issue. So right now, I think the government’s around 3%. So yeah, we could
up that a little Although, there’s a lot to do in the area. I think it’s more related
to actually stigma and awareness, rather than actually putting the money in it.
So it’s more about improving the lifestyle of the people. In terms of sustainability
and conversation. I think it’s important that we invest in that for our future, although
I’m going to allocate more towards employment and immigration
as well as housing, because I just believe those are more pressing issues for our society
at the moment. I want to give 10 to sustainability and conservation because we need to act now.
We need the infrastructure to have renewable energy now. Okay, we can’t wait for tomorrow,
we’re going to have irreversible effects on the earth if we don’t spend this amount of
money. Now, there are a lot of predictions on what the earth is going to look like, when
we’re adults. And it’s just, there’s a lot of uncertainty around that. I think that’s
the thing with advancements in technology. I don’t know how New Zealand’s infrastructure
is going to look like. And other really urbanized cities like I come from Thailand. And there’s
like spider webs of roads and motorways, and I just can’t see that happening in New
Zealand. New Zealand is such a small country and to actually be more productive to actually
advance into the future. I don’t know if the infrastructure, if we’re capable of
building that infrastructure.

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