What is happening to our utopian little paradise at the bottom of the world?

I ask because I sense a restlessness we haven’t seen for a while. We have woes with water, and a lack of workers. Employers are upset with government plans for Fair Pay Agreements and to effectively ban migrant workers. Tauranga ratepayers are misbehaving at public meetings.

People get grumpy with governments all the time. “So what?” you might ask. Well, this time it just feels different.