Queen St is now Fast-food Valley

Policy Parrot says:

Brian Rudman must have taken his medication today because he is making sense.

Fresh with a good nights sleep Rudders has hacked into the notion that Auckland could have its own Silicon Valley. He reminds us all convincingly that others have tried similar ideas like Sir Bob Harvey declaring West Auckland a future Hollywood, then later Wynyard Quarter a mini Silicon Valley and finally some plonker suggested Hobsonville as a major Marine precinct.

The reality is all these ideas are shit because New Zealand is a place at the bottom of the world with a population the size of a small colony of ants in a child’s ant farm.

We think we are major players in the world and every now and then we kick-arse in sports or perhaps we flog off another start up business to some corporate overseas.

Some people need to get a grip. 

Rudman is right. Queen St is filled with $2 shops and Maccas and there is not really much of a show innovative precincts or centres of specific expertise will spring up.

Rather than pop our flippant ideas our leaders could so so much more if they took a dose of reality. This Parrot offers to do that with the side of a wet fish and a bucket of ice cold water.

Auckland is 180th largest city by population and 150th by land mass. In between there and the biggest cities are places you never even heard off. Each of those thinks its going to have a Silicon Valley or be something remarkable.


Time for a simple idea that has merit this Parrot says. But let’s start with dropping the loony ideas and begin with a healthy sense of self.

Parrot out.

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