NZ 7th in HDI

July 28th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The UN’s Human Development Index is out and New Zealand is the 7th highest in the world. The top 10 are:

  1. Norway .944
  2. Australia .933
  3. Switzerland .917
  4. Netherlands .915
  5. US .914
  6. Germany .911
  7. New Zealand .910
  8. Canada .902
  9. Singapore .901
  10. Denmark .900

Damn Germans beat us by .001  :-)

The bottom country is Niger at .337 and 18th place.

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15 Responses to “NZ 7th in HDI”

  1. deckboy (18 comments) says:

    Surprised to see the Australians higher than NZ considering the way they have treated their indigenous people.

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  2. RightNow (6,961 comments) says:

    “The bottom country is Niger at .337 and 18th place.”

    I think that would be 187th place.

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  3. James Stephenson (2,132 comments) says:

    Is there any correlation between countries who are favourably reported on, and those who might vote for Clark to become Secretary General?

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  4. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    Yet another comparison showing NZ isn’t such a bad place to be after all.

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  5. Redbaiter (8,234 comments) says:

    This report came from Helen Klark’s UN office didn’t it?

    Some credibility we should give it.

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  6. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    Sure Reddy. Anything that doesn’t have Singapore at the top is probably communist propaganda.

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  7. bushbasher (13 comments) says:

    7th would be great, except that NZ has slipped in the last 5 years, but this is by rank, in terms of amount, not a huge amount of change in the index. Lies, damned lies and statistics…

    2010 – 3rd .907
    2011 – 5th .908
    2013 – 6th .919
    2014 – 7th .910

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  8. flipper (3,920 comments) says:

    Can some one please explain why anyone would want to take this statistic (?) seriously???.

    Like the Gallup “freedom” survey, it is all in the eye of the beholder.

    In other words, coming from an organisation with some very, very shoddy over-seeing Governments, a total waste of time …..and lots of $s.

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  9. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    flipper
    It’s supposed to be an amalgam of established social measures that in some ways is a counterpoint to ‘hard’ economic measures like GDP. To be taken with a grain of salt, maybe, but the fact is that NZ ranks highly across all sorts of measures of human progress and happiness. We’re lucky to live here.

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  10. OneTrack (2,962 comments) says:

    mike – “Yet another comparison showing NZ isn’t such a bad place to be after all.”

    Let’s vote Labour/Green/Mana and change it all. :-)

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  11. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    I seriously doubt a change of government would make much difference to these sorts of measures.

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  12. MT_Tinman (3,092 comments) says:

    The link wouldn’t work for me but is there a stronger reason for dismantling the UN than something called “UN’s Human Development Index” ?

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  13. IC5000 (80 comments) says:

    “mikenmild (10,686 comments) says:
    July 28th, 2014 at 4:01 pm
    I seriously doubt a change of government would make much difference to these sorts of measures.”

    You’re clearly delusional. Like most KB posters I believe that the advent of a Labour/Green administration would turn our children into chailatte-drinking, sushi-eating, listener-reading stalinist bisexuals before the end of the first school term. Unlike global warming this is a scientific fact.

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  14. mikemikemikemike (323 comments) says:

    Is it me or are all the happiness surveys and best place to be type studies always won by countries with a strong socialist streak?

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  15. hj (6,794 comments) says:

    Remember Clark saying how great our building standards were after the 2010 earthquake!?

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