When did the increase happen?

May 10th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

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Save the Children has released its annual State of the World’s Mothers report [PDF], showing that New Zealand is the 4th best country in the world to be a mother. This is an improvement from last year, when we ranked 6th. Its a legacy of the Clark government, and its policies around paid parental leave and early childhood education that we do so well on these sorts of indices. But as the Scandinavian countries above us show, we can do better; sadly, the present government just doesn’t seem to regard it as a priority.

So we improve in 2011 over 2010, and this is nothing to do with the present Government, and all to do with the Government that got chucked out in 2008. Sure.

As it happens, if you actually read about the report, most of the factors have little to do with Government. They are:

  • Lifetime risk of maternal death (NZ is 32nd)
  • % of using modern contraception (NZ 9th)
  • Female life expectancy at birth (NZ 10th)
  • Expected years of formal female schooling (NZ 1st)
  • Maternity leave length (NZ 38th)
  • Maternity leave wages (NZ 1st)
  • Ratio of female to male earnings (NZ 8th)
  • Participation of women in govt (NZ 9th)
  • Under 5 mortality rate (NZ 23rd)
  • Pre-primary enrolment ratio (NZ 18th)
  • Secondary enrolment ratio (NZ 3rd)

It seems why we are 4th overall is because we are not very low down in any factor.

The worst place to be a mother incidentally is the Niger. Among more developed countries is it Alaania.

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14 Responses to “When did the increase happen?”

  1. Colville (1,780 comments) says:

    “% of women using modern contraception (NZ 9th) ”

    That stat wil improve again when the DPB bludgers get free contraception.

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  2. Elaycee (4,087 comments) says:

    It is clear that ‘Idiot/Savant’ is 100% idiot and 0% savant.

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  3. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,684 comments) says:

    Those bloody Alaanians must be real bastards.

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  4. Rick Rowling (776 comments) says:

    Reason #6 for not allowing comments on one’s blog: Allows the indiscriminate use of dodgy assertions without being called out on them.

    Reason #1 for not bothering to read a blog: Comments disabled.

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  5. Nichlemn (63 comments) says:

    Sure, if the government spent a lot more, NZ probably could increase its ranking. But has I/S never heard of trade-offs? I would think that there are greater priorities than improving something NZ ranks very highly internationally at (say… areas NZ ranks relatively poorly at).

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  6. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “…So we improve in 2011 over 2010, and this is nothing to do with the present Government, and all to do with the Government that got chucked out in 2008. Sure…”

    um..!..just what has this nact-govt done..again..?

    phillip ure@whoar.co.nz

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  7. simonway (356 comments) says:

    Albania?

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  8. KiwiGreg (3,129 comments) says:

    So if/when you donate to Save the Children, thinking the money might be going to feed some little african kid it actually gets spent producing this tosh??

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  9. tom hunter (4,010 comments) says:

    So we improve in 2011 over 2010, and this is nothing to do with the present Government, and all to do with the Government that got chucked out in 2008. Sure.

    Of course. Just as in the USA, where Obama inherited nothing but failure from Bush, not even the intelligence and “Black Ops” that got Osama Bin Laden. Those all started on January 20, 2009.

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  10. mikenmild (8,894 comments) says:

    Probably provides another good reason for the government not to do anything radical. I mean, everything’s just fine here, isn’t it?

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  11. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    um..!..just what has this nact-govt done..again..?

    Yet there was improvement – funny that…

    Maybe this just highlights that our standing can and will improve regardless of government intervention and all the government has to do is ensure the it isn’t standing in the way of improvement? Or maybe direct intervention is not the cause of the improvement, instead the Nats focus on trying to improve the economy is having the added side effect of improving the stats in these areas…

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  12. Bob R (1,253 comments) says:

    ***That stat wil improve again when the DPB bludgers get free contraception.***

    @ Colville,

    Perhaps it will marginally although some people simply have low future time orientation and won’t take advantage of it being free. That is why it needs to be a condition of welfare via temporary birth control shots.

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  13. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    Phillip Ure said

    um..!..just what has this nact-govt done..again..?

    Their work won't be complete until you are back in the workforce Phil :-)

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  14. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Their work won’t be complete until you are back in the workforce Phil

    Who would employ him? I don’t see many ‘village idiot’ vacancies lining the employment pages….

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