As New Zealanders continue to celebrate the birthday of their country’s first female prime minister, they are also grappling with some new challenges.
Here are five things to watch in 2019:1.
Education: The number of teachers across New Zealand has plummeted over the past two years, to the lowest level in 40 years.
More than 30% of the workforce are now full-time, according to the National Teacher Organisation, a union representing teachers and the community.
But the teachers’ union has warned that the job market will remain tough in 2019 and that they may not be able to recruit enough candidates.
“New Zealand has been one of the most successful countries in the world in terms of increasing the numbers of teachers, but we will have to keep on working with them,” says Kate Rennie, the National Union of Teachers’ regional secretary.
“That’s a long-term challenge, but it’s not going to be a one-off.
We will have a tough time.”2.
Health: There are signs that the number of primary and secondary school pupils has dropped sharply over the last two years.
Some schools have cut back on hours and are seeing fewer students enrolled, and the number and proportion of students attending school has also fallen.
But some parents have been left frustrated by the decline in children’s attendance, and some schools have been forced to cut hours or close classes.
The number and percentage of students going to private school has increased by about a quarter in the last year.3.
Housing: New Zealand is a major exporter of housing.
The government is encouraging private landlords to build more houses for students, and many schools are making an effort to encourage students to live together.
There are also reports of families moving in together.
The country’s Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUDA) is considering offering grants to private developers to build or upgrade more than 1,000 new affordable homes, including on reserve land.4.
Transport: New South Wales has recently announced plans to introduce a $15-per-day toll on drivers who fail to pay their tolls.
This will allow drivers to pay when they are travelling from home to school or work, instead of paying tolls at the moment.
It has also seen the introduction of a new “pay to go” service.5.
Health and education: New Year’s Eve celebrations in New Zealand will include a major event for parents.
The Queen’s New Year Day Parade will start in Auckland at 6pm, and will be followed by a major party and music at 7pm.
The annual celebration has also been called the “greatest New Year ever”.