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Conclusion

Maximising the contribution of skills to productivity in New Zealand requires continued improvement on many fronts. It requires a long-term perspective, and well-designed and focussed investments.

Issues of “culture change” seem to arise in many aspects of skills policy: taking up the challenges of globalisation; raising expectations for educational success; improving teaching quality and the responsiveness of schools; adjusting to the changing faces of New Zealand’s population; and building firms that fully utilise the skills and potential of their workforce.

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