How did New Zealand go from ‘No information’ (image above, data below from Jan 2014) to top of the index so quickly? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Social_Progress_Index
Four months later, according to The Social Progress Imperative website, New Zealand now
“tops the world on indicators of personal rights and freedoms, and comes in the top four for water and sanitation, access to schooling and tertiary education, and tolerance and inclusion of minority groups.
Of course, the NZ press seized on this blatant piece of propaganda, without giving it a second glance.
Any journos out there ever considered finding out who chose to supply the data for these indices, and who decided that they should be reported on by the NZ press?
This is how the index was reported on by the UK’s Guardian in April 2013, no sign of New Zealand then either.
But seeing how this is an election year anything goes. The silly season is well and truly upon us.
Update Feb 2016
We have a look at the index for 2015 and added every measure of well-being in all three categories. This is how New Zealand is looking now:
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“On the day that the NZ Government launched a fresh campaign to rob beneficiaries of their basic human rights (further evidence of the runaway poverty gap the country suffers from) Sovereign life insurance has issued a press release showing that New Zealand fares badly in international standards of wellbeing.
In comparison to 22 European countries using the same set of measurements, New Zealand consistently ranked near the bottom in personal and social wellbeing – far behind the Scandinavian countries in the lead.
Among the most surprising results were New Zealanders’ disconnectedness from their communities (this sent them to the bottom of the table) and nearly two thirds of young people showing signs of depressed mood. Last year Sovereign announced it was to sponsor Youthline, which provides a 24-hour helpline that fields more than 15,000 contacts a month from young people needing support for issues from bullying to loneliness. It subsequently provided much of a $100,000 contribution to the organisation in May… read on”
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