More good news

The government will be happy with some census results released this week.

It seems that despite the best efforts of a whinging opposition we all feel pretty chuffed without ourselves as the Herald reports.

“Statistics are more than just numbers – they help to inform decision making across all levels of society, from economic and employment areas through to social and environmental matters.

This year Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) also released the results from the General Society Survey; a study of social and economic well-being.

It showed 87 per cent of Kiwis were satisfied or very satisfied with their lives – a figure above the OECD average. 

Of those surveyed, one-fifth said they were in good health, had enough money, good housing and did not feel lonely.

And if the carnage in the malls today is anything to go by then we are all pretty flush with cash too.

There might be bargains to be had during the Boxing Day sales today, but drivers will need to to ride out long delays if they hope to find them.

NZ Transport Agency spokesman Anthony Frith said the highway network in and out of Auckland were relatively free-flowing but the roads around the shopping malls were busy and frustrating.

“Around Sylvia Park, it is extremely congested. People travelling there, particularly this afternoon, they are in for a long delay.

“People might want to think about maybe doing their shopping tomorrow or the next day. And even if travelling tomorrow, just be prepared for delays.”

This will become a major problem for the opposition as people start to focus on the negativity of their policies and announcements and start to wonder what planet these miserable pricks all live on.


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