World-wide the hospitality industry is in crisis as following the lockdown waiting staff reconsidered their lives and opted for more orthodox working hours employment.
As social drinking and dining out is now so much part of modern existence this situation is alarming.
However, there’s an excellent answer, provided by lessons from other more civilised nations than New Zealand.
I refer in particular to the Congo. Two years ago the Congo introduced free education and to be consistent, stopped paying its school-teachers.
School-teachers work short hours and have lots of holidays. So to survive the Congo’s teachers all found evening and week-end work.
Accordingly, we should stop paying school-teachers who can meet their income needs by waiter staff jobs in the evenings and week-ends.
Jacinda should announce this heartening news in January, to cheer everyone up.