4 April 2014
Welcome to our news series of articles called Just another day in the most socially progressive nation on earth. The series was inspired by New Zealand’s ‘zero-to-hero’ appearance in the Social Progress Index. Read
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?… read on
Today we present for your consideration armed police (above) storming a Napier suburb looking for an armed offender who held up a Kiwibank and Postshop with a shotgun. It sure makes you value your personal rights and freedoms when armed cops outnumber the crims, and they pay a visit to your neighbourhood.
Armed police have surrounded an empty state housing block in Napier as they hunt a suspect believed to be behind a bank holdup this morning.
Police have been combing Napier’s suburbs looking for a man who held up a Kiwibank and Postshop outlet in Marewa about 9am.
A man approached a staff member in the Kennedy Rd shop with a firearm and demanded money, they said… full report here
You may remember that Napier is famous for its architecture, earthquake and armed sieges.
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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”
More in the series
NZ TV News Anti-British, Anti-Australian. Everyday Racism in New Zealand – the social progress imperitive
Seen a good example of New Zealand’s ‘social progressiveness’? share it with us.