The Next 60,000 Years / New Zealand Notes
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First and foremost, it may be said that New Zealand will benefit from its isolation, independence, self-sufficiency, and the calibre of its people. It will not be immune from disasters and world trends, but it will fare better than most countries in the broad vista of long-term future events. Most of the increasing volcanic and seismic activity will be in the northern hemisphere. Ocean-floor extension, in the South Pacific, will issue from the major construction ridge, off the Chilean coast. This huge south-eastern Pacific construction ridge will continue to feed eastwards, as it has done for the past 180 million years and, consequently, ocean-floor extension pressure will be directed mainly at the Chilean coast. However, the eastern coasts of New Zealand's North Island will be affected by back-pressure. The Kermadec-White Island-Taupo construction-fault will become more active over future decades, and the major fault-lines of both islands will show movement.
The effects of the mini-iceage will be of greater concern to New Zealand than seismic disasters for, from now on, increased rainfall and flooding will be difficult to deal with: erosion and land-slides will be a real problem. 7he mini-iceage will begin in earnest by 2100 AD, and lower temperatures in the South Island will have a marked effect on farm production and profitability. From 2100, there will be a migratory movement from the South Island to the North.
New Zealand will continue, long-term, as an independent sovereign state, with democratic institutions, human rights, and law and order, which will be the envy of most other countries. New Zealanders' caring and sharing way of life will be greatly valued, along with their freedom from corruption. By 2100 AD, ethnic tensions, between Pakeha and Maori, will be a thing of the past ... and New Zealand society will function well as a multi-racial but unified community. As to science and technology, New Zealand will develop world-recognised. Skills in respect of computer software; telecommunications; nanobio technology and production; genetic engineering; new ways of energy generation; seismic engineering; civil defence; electronics; and neutral gravity technology and products.
The nanobio, synthetic production of foodstuffs, clothing materials, and construction materials, will have a profound effect on New Zealand's export income, and New Zealand will itself become involved in this type of production. New Zealand will have about fifty years to adjust to the advent of these new synthetics, and genetic modification of its traditional products will assist greatly during the transitional period. The new technologies will lead to New Zealand becoming more self-reliant and less dependent upon overseas trade. Tourism will be a major, successful and continuing industry. New Zealand will be seen as a great place to live and the number of applications, by would-be immigrants, will far exceed government-authorised quotas.
However, by 3000 AD, global and New Zealand living conditions will have deteriorated to a marked degree, and New Zealanders will be showing interest in various overseas projects for starship development and star-planet colonisation. 7he Australians will launch a starship project, which will offer passage rights based on funding contributions, and many New Zealanders will participate. It is hard to say it but, future New Zealanders will emulate the early Maori voyagers and journey, in starship 'canoes' across vast oceans of space, to a new Aotearoa.
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