We need to mine the minerals we have, thats also a one off thing, but a big one off thing, enough to clear our finances, THEN live within our means. You can mine and repatriate with native. But we can't do that as we are run/controlled by PC/Green politicalism. So we complain about mining, then we complain about the high cost of oil. This is a rut.
Assets we have that generate income will generate more income by the new owners, where will that profit come from?
Too much talk and no action as usual from the Govts of the day. 3 years trying to wangle past polices they sold to win an election, then blaming everything else on it.
We are a smart country, we punch above our populaton weight in rugger, Hollywood and IT/technology, we need to push massively to insulate us somewhat from the needs of modern life and the effect of overseas economics. Grow our own food/milk and pay what its worth here, not what its worth overseas (Fonterra, etc), develope renewable power for homes (solar, wind, tidal) it all helps.
I and others here have good ideas, you will also hear them at election speeches, but you won't see them anywhere, as the power makers are talking not doing.