Let’s be positive. Despite everything going on around us at the moment, we’ve had a couple of bright lights. And we need to give credit where it’s due.

You see, this week we finally took a couple of steps forward in the fight to get our economy, and the businesses it depends on, back on track.

Firstly, the New Zealand Herald and other NZME-owned media launched ‘The 90% Project’, its campaign to see 90 per cent of New Zealanders vaccinated against the disease by Christmas.

As many people have been saying for some time now, business people would like to see a plan of how the Government intends to lead the country out of the crisis and back to economic freedom. Once we see a plan, we, in turn, can start to make our own plans. In the meantime, decisions around investing, recruitment and strategy continue to be short term and reactionary.

One of the critical ingredients of a good plan is to have some targets. The first target we need to understand is what level of vaccination can enable us to get back to some sort of normality. It’s a shame that the leadership to set a target had to come from a media organisation rather than the Government. But a target is a target. It’s the start of a plan. The Government appear to be belatedly behind it. So let’s get on with it.

According to this week’s NZ Herald graphic, about 40 per cent of the eligible population of 4.21 million people is fully vaccinated so far. And we also have 35 per cent partially vaccinated with one dose.