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February 26, 2007 | by  | in Features |
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My generation: The 2007 New Zealand Mindset List

As a new class of students enters university this month, a team of New Zealand academics is helping their colleagues understand the historical, social, economic and cultural mindset of their students.
The 2007 New Zealand Mindset List is a very, very serious list, providing academic staff with insight into the events incoming fi rst-year students have experienced, or not.

The list captures a picture of New Zealand and the world in 1988, the year most first-year students were born.

For these students:

  • Fast Post has always been available
  • The ozone hole has always been a worry for sun-loving New Zealanders
  • New Zealanders have never been able to smoke on planes
  • Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have always been on surgical waiting lists
  • Soviet troops have never been in Afghanistan
  • The Iran-Iraq war has always been over
  • Bola has always been the name of a devastating cyclone
  • ‘Tomorrow’s schools’ have always been a government policy for radical school reform
  • New Zealanders have always tried their luck on pokie machines
  • Politicians have always been ignoring election-spending legislation, and getting away with it
  • New Zealand lighthouse-keepers have always been unemployed
  • Japanese import cars have always been cheap and plentiful
  • Inflation has always been less than 10 percent
  • Employment at freezing works has always been a dead-end job
  • Air New Zealand has always been a private corporation
  • Roger Douglas has always been a sacked Finance Minister
  • Bastion Point has always belonged to Ngati Whatua
  • There have always been median barriers on Auckland’s motorways
  • There has always been a toll bridge across the Tauranga Harbour
  • The average Auckland house has always cost more than $161,000
  • Tracy Chapman has always been a hit songwriter
  • Ben Johnson has always been a disgraced Olympic athlete
  • In New Zealand, Brian Brake (renowned photographer), Louis Johnson (Wellington poet), John Ross Marshall (former Prime Minister) and Cardigan Bay (legendary champion pacer) have always been dead
  • Internationally, Enzo Ferrari (car designer), Andy Gibb (youngest Bee Gee), Louis L’Amour (American western novelist), Roy Orbison (rock-and-roll pioneer) and Philippe de Rothschile (French winemaker) have always been dead
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