Opinion: The risk of plummeting into a peasant economy
From earliest times, New Zealand has been a country of thought leaders and innovators.
In the days of pigeon post and wind-blown ships, people had to be resourceful because the chances of receiving assistance and supplies from overseas were zero.
They learned to find their own solutions to problems, improvise and make anything from whatever was lying around – being inspired equally by lengths of flax in the early days to No 8 wire. It was a case of adapt and innovate or be very uncomfortable.