Where to be born – 1988 vs 2013

I was born in Fiji…plenty more readers were born here. In 1988 New Zealand was ranked by The Economist as the 18th best place in the world to be born…now we are 7th.

David Shearer is a big fan of Finland and wants us to emulate them in many respects…probably including sliding down the scale to 11th place.

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently published its “Where To Be Born in 2013” list, a measure of which countries provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.

WOND, an infographics and data visualization outfit based outside London, has put together a great repackaging of the data, which also included the list from 1988. 

Needless to say, things have changed over the past 25 years.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.