But some politicians won’t be happy that things are getting better. Whilst the Salvation Army report it is good news for the government it is bad news for Labour and the Greens. Labour and the Greens have chosen to focus on the negatives of New Zealand society rather than focus on how they might contribute to a positive future. The aspects of life they whinge and moan about are, by and large, improving after six years of a National led government.
The only place where the report signals a note of caution is Auckland where the Labour NightMayor that is Len Brown continues his quest to make the city the ‘World’s Most Unaffordable and Unlovely'.
State of the nation: Life getting better on most indicators
Child poverty is dwindling, more people are in jobs and people are drinking and gambling less, the Salvation Army says.
The army's eighth annual "state of the nation" report says life is getting better on 14 out of 22 indicators of our social wellbeing. Only four indicators are getting worse and four others are inconclusive.
But the positive trends associated with economic recovery risk being undermined by negatives on two key housing measures - a worsening physical shortage of housing in Auckland, and worsening affordability as both house prices and rents increase.
That is the result of four horrendous years at the hands of Labour Mayor Len Brown and his cohorts on Council. Just about every survey on housing affordability says the blame lies squarely with the restricted supply of land caused by the Mayor’s ‘UP not out’ policy and the increase in compliance costs imposed by Council. You can add to that the deteriorating financial position of ratepayers and ballooning debt to see why Auckland is a national problem rather than a regional one.
Auckland is a drag on the whole economy of the country. National really needs to get to grips about what it can do to reverse the 'Auckland problem'. Labour is entrenched in the city because democracy is a numbers game with South Auckland numbers always ensuring a Labour held city. This means long-term mismanagement and debt which the country cannot afford.
A dwindling number of ratepayers are paying for the mayor's profligacy but they have least voice when it comes to voting. It really is about time there was a ratepayer's representative group that puts pressure on the Mayor and government for a fairer system of taxing local government. The current model is unsustainable.