NZ 1st in the world for social and environmental progress

August 13th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Social Progressive Imperative publishes an annual .

Labour and the Greens would have you believe that NZ is appalling on social issues. Their rhetroic for years has been doom and gloom. So where was NZ placed on this index? 100th? 50th? 25th? 10th? 5th?

Nope, 1st.

The top 10 are:

  1. New Zealand
  2. Switzerland
  3. Iceland
  4. Netherlands
  5. Norway
  6. Sweden
  7. Canada
  8. Finland
  9. Denmark
  10. Australia

On some of ths sub-indices, our rankings include:

  • Water & Sanitation 1st
  • Access to Basic Knowledge 2nd
  • Access to Information and Comms 7th
  • Personal Rights 1st
  • Personal Freedom & Choice 1st
  • Tolerance and Inclusion 4th
  • Access to Advanced Education 4th
  • Opportunity 1st
  • Undernourishment 1st
  • Deaths from infectious diseases 3rd
  • Access to piped water 1st
  • Homicide rate 1st
  • Indoor air pollution (lack of deaths) 1st
  • Gender parity in education 1st
  • Press freedom 1st
  • Greenhouse gas emissions 2nd (best)
  • Private property rights 1st
  • Freedom of religion 1st
  • Corruption (lack of) 1st
  • Religious tolerance 1st
  • Community safety net 2nd
  • Tolerance for immigrants 2nd

We are far from perfect, but New Zealand overall is ranked higher than every other country. Think about that, as you consider the Green billboards of gloom and doom.

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38 Responses to “NZ 1st in the world for social and environmental progress”

  1. mjw (396 comments) says:

    This is due to the efforts of all parties. But it is hard to deny that social progress is more due to progressive governments than conservative governments.

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  2. gump (1,650 comments) says:

    Having not heard about this index before, I was surprised to see that it has some fairly impressive names behind it.

    http://www.socialprogressimperative.org/about/origins

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  3. IGM (419 comments) says:

    Where is this report in MSM, or are they leaving it to NewstalkZB and Campbell Live!

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  4. kowtow (8,512 comments) says:

    Personal rights?

    I can’t cut down a tree in my backyard if the council says I can’t.A court can over ride my will on the grounds of equality.

    Many other examples……

    ……these indexes are bollox.

    And if immigration,inclusiveness,and tolerance means more Muslims stuffing up what were genuinely free and liberal societies like Switzerland, Norway,Holland etc I ‘d wager there are large minorities of indigeous folk in those countries who’d differ with the authors of this shit too.

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  5. Odakyu-sen (676 comments) says:

    That’s odd.

    According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

    The murder rate for NZ was 0.9 while it was 0.3 for Japan. So, unless the figures were different the year they put this index together, how come we beat Japan?

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  6. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    It’s always amusing to see the wingnut comments on these surveys which show we’re not in a bad place to live at all.

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  7. adc (595 comments) says:

    progress is different to achievement. It’s like the “most improved” prize. Doesn’t mean we are at the top on achievement.

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  8. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Yes it does.

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  9. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    mjw

    But it is hard to deny that social progress is more due to progressive governments than conservative governments.

    Progressive governments always end in recession with conservative governments rebuilding the economy – Do you think it’s stalling the economy and transferring wealth from individuals to the state that is responsible for this rating ?

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  10. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Coming first in undernourishment is a good thing?

    Someone didn’t plan that wording too well!

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  11. redqueen (564 comments) says:

    @Odakyu-sen

    The Japanese data is 2011 and the New Zealand data is 2012. We would need to see the 2013/14 data and also the Wikipedia article does specify that, ‘The reliability of underlying national murder rate data may vary’. So how they’ve derived the number would need to be examined as well.

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  12. Goldsmith (27 comments) says:

    No wonder NZ is such a developed and socially cohesive society…. NOT!

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  13. redqueen (564 comments) says:

    @burt

    Well said!

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  14. Longknives (4,763 comments) says:

    Where is the ‘Child Poverty’ the Left are always screaming Blue Murder about?
    Oh that’s right- Only in NZ is Mum spending all of her DPB on Pokies and Weed and not bothering to feed her six kids considered ‘Child Poverty’….

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  15. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Burt

    I think its a result of the State wiping bums and being ‘mother’, turning everyone into state dependent morons.

    God knows what’s going to happen when Mummy (the government) and Daddy (the tax payer) stop loving each other.

    It might look lovely on the charts, but the social and financial cost will eventually rebound. Old Sir Isaac didn’t get it wrong, for every action there is a reaction – and I fear ours is coming. We’ve bought our number one position, and that is going to come at a huge cost eventually.

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  16. Maxx (12 comments) says:

    If I go by the MSM, with our water ranking at #1, other countries must be toxic waste pits. Or perhaps we’re not too bad (even if there is still room for improvement).

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  17. adc (595 comments) says:

    mikenmild I read progress as meaning “how far something has progressed”, or travelled. It doesn’t consider where you started or where you ended up, just how far you moved. You can still be miles behind the winners.

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  18. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    That’s just the title. The index purports to be a comparison of actual outcomes.

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  19. adc (595 comments) says:

    they should change the title.

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  20. yankdownunder (35 comments) says:

    There might be a bit of “data interpretation” going on. I know about the “actual crime” and “reported crime” figures. Just wonder which of the other metrics have been shifted or altered? I’m not convinced.

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  21. I Say Look Here (57 comments) says:

    Quibble about it all you like, but this has to make it harder for the pitbulls of the Labour/Greens/InternetMana parties to poke their heads out of the kennel every morning.

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  22. Odakyu-sen (676 comments) says:

    My bad. I also realize that it is an “improvement” index.

    (Horray! Everyone in the class gets a certificate!)

    //

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  23. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    » Religious tolerance 1st

    I find that hard to believe as most people in NZ don’t have much of an understanding of religion to start with; you often read and hear the stupid idea that ‘religion should only be a private matter in homes.’ And ‘religion is invalid because God hasn’t been proven to exist’.

    And the editor of the Dom Post has been speaking otherwise also:

    He suggested the views on abortion -and ANYTHING else- from the entire Roman Catholic Church shouldn’t be tolerated until they had their house in order over the predominatly teen homosexual matter.[words to that effect]

    Never mind that fact that the NZ MSM has been telling lies over the matter – to mislead people away from the truthful fact of it being a homosexual matter within the Church!!

    That is a common position for the NZ MSM to have on the RCC and it’s very sad matter of predatory homosexual behaviour.

    Then you have the matter of Israeli history – tell me Hamas propaganda being spread daily into NZ homes ain’t persecution by the NZ MSM !!!!!

    Like with all these other ‘indexes’ this is just another example of the selective gathering of facts. Probably taken from the police and the courts. What a fucken joke.

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  24. RRM (9,932 comments) says:

    Harriet –

    have you noticed you are NOT hiding on a mountain with your children and 30,000 of your compatriots, surrounded by an army that wants to annihilate you because you are of the wrong religion?

    The only problems in New Zealand are #firstworldproblems :-P

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  25. nasska (11,575 comments) says:

    ….” most people in NZ don’t have much of an understanding of religion to start with”…..

    True. It is one of the upsides of living in a developed first world country with a high rate of literacy.

    Only in backward, intolerant shitholes are the myths of skyfairies propagated & spread with ease.

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  26. Liberty (267 comments) says:

    “Private property rights 1st”

    That is a joke.
    Property rights don’t exist under the vile RMA.

    “Water & Sanitation 1st”
    According to the Greens our water ways are toxic.

    “Tolerance for immigrants 2nd”

    So they they haven’t talked to Winston, David and Russell
    about their prejudiced view towards the Chinese buying land.

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  27. EAD (1,128 comments) says:

    NZ is a very nice place to live. If you believe sh*t like the above, you obviously haven’t lived anywhere else. At best, this is a measure of how socialist your country is. I mean “tolerance and inclusion” and 1st for “freedom & choice”? We are one of the most regulated countries in the 1st or 2nd world ffs.

    Why have “press freedom” when your MSM reports every single story from the same point of view?

    If you beleive this report verbatim, I’ve got a very nice bridge you might be interested in.

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  28. Duxton (654 comments) says:

    And what about the poverty that Cunliffe and co keep banging on about?

    Is anyone thinking of the children?

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  29. David Garrett (7,311 comments) says:

    Red must be having an early night…otherwise we would have been treated to a thunderous tirade about how “prog” these stats all are…

    I noticed there are various caveats included… I see from the link Odayku helpfully provided that Tonga is supposed to have a homicide (which includes BOTH murder and manslaughter) rate of 1 per 100,000 per year. Although it obviously varies year on year, it is more like five times that. I suspect that many third world countries also have bogey stats…

    New Zealand at less than 1 homicide per 100,000 p.a ?? If so it has declined sharply from a year or two ago when it was about 1.5…Also there are wide variations within New Zealand…when I wrote my book in 1999 the homicide rate in Counties-Manukau was about 2.5 per, while some parts of the South Island were 0.5

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  30. lolitasbrother (701 comments) says:

    I guess we will see more shifty reports from Farrar over the next few weeks,
    I am not sure that this site represents much anymore.
    On all social indices I read, the Scandinavian and Northern countries knock us out.

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  31. hj (7,031 comments) says:

    Tolerance for immigrants
    “Doormat Country NZ 2nd[pat on head]
    “Source Country” China 0

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  32. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    What is the point of all this? The Sheepish people of this country are now going to believe what John Campbell is going to say….

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  33. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    All the Sheepish folks I have made personal friends of are very fine folks.

    None of them think John Campbell says anything that anyone who wasn’t a dumb bastard would believe! :)

    If his beady little eye’s were a few inches further apart they reported that they might reconsider! :)

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  34. daniel carter (34 comments) says:

    It’s ironic that National claim credit for this score. It’s judged on criteria like shelter, water quality, personal safety etc. All things that were excellent before National came to power and have done absolutely nothing to improve. I’ll bet if we get National for another three years this score will drop.

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  35. All_on_Red (1,584 comments) says:

    National have been ruling for six years. Your claim isn’t credible. Besides Clark wanted the Phillip Field case killed and if it had, whither goes the corruption rating then .

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  36. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    “…..Harriet –
    have you noticed you are NOT hiding on a mountain with your children and 30,000 of your compatriots, surrounded by an army that wants to annihilate you because you are of the wrong religion?
    The only problems in New Zealand are #firstworldproblems…….”

    Like child sex offences. :cool:

    You, Nasska and your gay prog mates, are all pissed off that the Roman Catholic Church has been charitable to the gay community — by not speaking out on the matter.

    Gays have been the problem all along in the RCC for 50-60 yrs. Far over 60% of victims were male and between the ages of 12-17. Tell us that ain’t gay. Because it ain’t pedophillia.

    Around 1.5% of priests committed sex crimes. While the other 98% of Priests are all good men who do the work of God. A minority of gays from the wider gay community have wrecked havoc on the good, honest and charitable work of 100,000’s of other Catholics around the world. Some work in 3rd world countries. And some work with aids victims.

    Celibacy does no harm either as teachers currently have higher offending rates than Priests did have. And most offending teachers are Married also – so they arn’t celibate.

    All the while the hetrosexual rates of offending in the Priesthood over the last 50yrs was FAR FAR LOWER than hetrosexual teaching rates are currently — as gays were doing far far more than they statisticly should have — which then reduces the hetro rate. There is nothing wrong with the hetrosexual Catholic Priesthood. Never has been.

    Anyway RRM, that may tell us that the main behaviour of gays is to ravish the young. Or they can’t resist temptation. As their rates are far far higher than hetrosexual teachers. And that’s the current problem. Anyway I hope not. If the gay community wants to be involved with children that is.

    But then who would listen to the Roman Catholic Church while we have the NZ MSM protecting children?

    BTW – your first world NZ is nothing more than an exercise in propaganda run by sick people. I’d rather be annihilated by Muslims because of religion – than buggered in the arse because of the media. But then I’m not a child.

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  37. Griff (7,791 comments) says:

    Harry it
    Priest are “gods” representatives should you not hold the church to a far higher standard ?
    Obviously not.
    Your numbers are bogus as well the Jay report gives 4% for priests in the usa.
    with most sexual acts on a child under 8 being on girls.

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  38. LabourDoesntWork (290 comments) says:

    Gender parity in education 1st

    NZ is far far from gender parity. A significant majority of graduates are female. Parity is never an issue when males are disadvantaged* . “Gender parity”, as used by leftists, is a lie.

    * Actually degrees are grossly overvalued and oversupplied so it’s not that bad at all. Perhaps they should ring their hands about gender disparity in student debt instead? lol

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