This little video doing the Youtube rounds claims that New Zealand is the best-managed country in the world. And currently has one of the best economies.
Move aside Sweden. New Zealand is a safe, stable, consistent, peaceful place to live with your family, the easiest place in the world to set up a business, currently one of the best-recovered economically from the 2020 downturn, and has managed all of this on a pretty small resource base and massive distance from markets. It’s a confidence-inspiring place that the world wants to come to and currently admires more than it has in a while.
The 17 minute video asks:
Disclaimer: the video contain advertorial for a financial services company. I don’t have anything to disclose.
It’s absolutely reasonable for us all to question government policy, and to demand more of what we want. I sure do.
But there’s also another voice analysing the relative strengths of Australia and New Zealand, and holds the balance currently strongly in New Zealand’s favour. If you’re in Unity Books or other bookstores with half a brain, you’ll see this set of essays by Laura Tingle illustrating why it’s time for Australia to acknowledge the many things New Zealand does better than Australia.
For a country that could have gone through a far, far deeper crisis just last year than it actually did, stepping back and appreciating the views of foreigners who look at us with fresh eyes is frankly encouraging.
The video analysis certainly doesn’t hold back on some of the challenges, notably housing.
Nor does it discourage critics from analysing and where required shouting about what ought to be done better.
But there are few countries like us, and we are being told we are in world-standard good shape.