Why is Labour trying to convince voters John Key turned New Zealand into a slum?


The Legatum Institute has released its annual global Prosperity Index, which ranks the most prosperous countries in the world.

Approximately 89 variables are analysed — everything from economy and governance to education, health, and security.

Pakistan ranked 130, while Ireland came at number ten.

Here are the top 5 performing countries out of the 142 that were tested — and you’ll be happy to know New Zealand made the cut. 

1. Norway

Ranked at number one, the Scandinavian country has been in the top spot for the last 7 years.

2. Switzerland

Switzerland has the world’s best governance and the second best economy.

3. Denmark

When it came to entrepreneurship Denmark ranked second best and long with other variables on the Prosperity Index, took the number three overall spot.

4. New Zealand

According to the Legatum Institute, Aotearoa is one of the most tolerant countries towards immigrants. We also were the best in the world for social capital which put us overall at number four.

5. Sweden

Finally at number 5 Sweden had the best entrepreneurship and opportunity in the world. Safety was also a huge plus.

Also on the list: 6 – Canada, 7 – Australia, 8 Netherlands, 9 – Finland, and 10 – Ireland.

Labour are continuing to push the brown stuff up hill by painting a picture of gloom, doom, crisis, destruction and poverty.  Voters simply can’t see the reality of that.  And neither can international observers that consistently rate New Zealand among the top 10 places to live in the world.


– Aziz Al-Sa’afin, via Newhub


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  • Ross

    Straight from Bloomberg news:

    New Zealand opposition Labour Party and Green Party sign Memorandum of Understanding to work cooperatively to oust government in 2017 election.

    Agreement includes working more closely at parliament and a possible joint policy announcement or campaign, parties say in e-mailed statement

    They may as well just be one party now!

    • Jude

      Wow very clearly a vote for the greens is a vote for labour . Always was on cards but I wonder if the Blue/green vote will come back to National?

      • Ross

        Shall we just start calling them Gabour?

        • John Q Public

          Yes, yes we should.

        • Jude

          I can not think that combination will attract ” middle “New Zealander’s vote.
          That is going to be a hard left combination . I thought Helen Clark refused to engage with the loopy Greens because of their senseless policy?
          Why on earth would Labour hitch to that wagon unless they are bleeding support to the Greens already.
          Would be very funny if the Greens polled higher than Labour, Shaw as Leader of combined parties?

          • Aquarius 61

            The reason? Labour need the Green’s money! Because they sure as heck don’t have it on their own (and their paymasters aren’t coughing much up either).

          • Wheninrome

            Yes, under the left philosophy what’s yours is mine and what’s mine stays mine.

          • Dumrse

            Labour have bled out to only have 1500 hangers on, their post office savings account has precious little in it, they are being driven by antiquated unions and they don’t have a Schmick where their missing millions have gone. The Greens on the other have …………?

          • OneTrack

            The progressive Greabour party will need co-leaders – Metiria the Clothed and Andrew the Angry. And they will share all the decisions. What could go wrong?

        • Oh Please

          Why don’t they change their name to “The Opposition”? That’s as near to Government as this shower will ever get.

    • Tom

      This may not be good news, If they each only stand in certain seats then it could be bad for National. However it may give Winston some time.

      • Kiwiracer

        I agree, for it to have any effect they would have to share the seats around, imagine that discussion. . . . . . . . .

    • R&BAvenger

      Their Kiwi-Power strategy worked so well for them last time, so why not ;-)

    • Keyser Soze

      Actually, part of me admires this from Little and the Gweens – at least voters know where they stand. And I know where not to stand!

      Although I admire the rat cunning of Winston and I like many of NZ first policies I firmly believe Winston to be the least trustworthy politician in NZ. His refusal to commit to coalition before elections perpetuates my perception that it is all about Winston First. When he goes, NZ First goes with him. Little and Shaw have taken a step up the integrity ladder above Winston, admittedly not a great yardstick.

  • Quinton Hogg

    A client of mine has just returned from a visit to amongst other places Russia.
    His comment was after looking at Russia and bits of Asia and Europe was that we do not know how lucky we are in this country.
    We are lucky to have it so good.
    Any body who can’t see that has rocks in their head.

    • R&BAvenger

      Agreed. My brother works with several people from eastern Europe, all of whom have lived in NZ for 10+ years and are bringing up their children here. They all believe local people complain too much (especially NZ-born) and don’t know what a relative paradise this place is in comparison to other places in the world.

      • Cadwallader

        Fred Dagg was convinced of this too!

      • Usaywot

        The problem is the thick or untravelled have nothing to compare NZ with. They have no idea. Some of the happiest people I have seen around the world have also been the poorest. Poverty is quite often just a state of mind. Being happy with what you’ve got is a blessing.

  • XCIA

    And now they have officially announced that they will join with the Gweens to change the government in 2017. I wouldn’t let them walk my dogs let alone let them loose on the treasury benches.

    • Keyser Soze

      In Stuff’s haste to break the news a typo briefly had them as the ‘Freens’… Very Freudian!!!

      • Left Right Out

        I think they could be known as the Leebor party now

    • JEL51

      “Historic” announced zb newsroom. Sofa sounded elated by the good news.

    • R&BAvenger

      Final kiss of death for Labour’s election chances next year I suspect.

    • CheesyEarWax

      Not for making NZ a better place but joined to change the govt and oust dat evil John Key. They have failed the first task already.

      • XCIA

        Just imagine her as the first lady of new Zealand. Doesn’t bear thinking about.

        • Left Right Out

          She is far more suited to the McGillacully Serious party.. I can see why she ran for them

        • CheesyEarWax

          Mother of the nation. Champion of the poor. Queen of designer jackets. Lives in a castle.

          Sorry, can’t bear to think out it.

    • Left Right Out

      Grant Robertson is to be Treasure but no other offices have been discussed…. I call cow fecal matter!!!! you don’t sign up together without a plan of who would do what in the unlikely event they won office.

      I guess we will finally know where Winnie stands now as he has always said he would work with the greens

      • ChrisM

        You can tell by the look on Meteria’s face that she know’s who’s got what. Brilliant move Andy! You’re a keeper.

        • XCIA

          I wonder if there are a couple of paint tins behind that podium?

      • XCIA

        You need to have a very long spoon to sup with Winston at the Green Parrot.

    • Genevieve

      Maybe Labour are hoping that the Greens will fund a ‘joint’ election campaign. There’s only so much you can buy from the proceeds of selling teatowels.

      • XCIA

        I’d say there is a good percentage chance that the sneaky Greens will cut their lunch.

    • Karma

      A marriage of financial convenience or a merger of stupidity? I hope they have a watertight prenup. I’m not sure you’d want to get stuck with Meteria in a settlement.

  • CheesyEarWax

    Woohoo we beat ‘Straylia.

  • Gaynor

    Isn’t this a repeat of the last election, when Cunnliffe and Norman announced something similar to defeat National? That worked as well!

  • rangitoto

    All they need is mana and internet party to join in and how can they lose. I wonder what Winnie thinks about it.

  • Keyser Soze

    Norway number 1? Would that be the same Norway which choose to avoid EU membership like its some kind of nasty VD? The same Norway that the Bremain scaremongers would have you believe is on the brink of economic collapse because it’s outside the ‘common market’ and has to fend for itself? Nah, must be confusing it for some other Norway.

    • Aucky

      Yep, the same country Keyser and one which is so similar to NZ in so many ways. Population five million, long coastline, mountainous, isolated and an economy that thrives on fishing, farming, tourism, forestry and oil (of which they have massive reserves). Oil and high taxation has funded their cradle to grave economy for thirty years. Norway is the second wealthiest country in Europe.

  • Alan Beresford B’Stard

    That’s great to know, with the tsunami of negativity and downright misery from the left and msm, it’s hard sometimes not to be drawn into their wretchedness. Stats like this remind us that life ain’t so bad in NZ.

  • KatB

    The way Sweden is portrayed with it’s Muslim immigrants, the talk of it being the rape capital of Europe and a society on the verge of collapse, how does it make it on the list at number 5? Especially with safety being mentioned. Either Sweden has been misrepresented or can we believe these results at all?

    • JohnO

      I think it was Stockholm that was the “rape capital of Europe” rather than Sweden as a whole.

      • Aucky

        Malmo I think, not that it makes any difference.

    • Tiger

      Perhaps it dropped. In fact Sweden’s unemployment has increased to 7.8% and according to the Legatum prosperity report, the Nordics are struggling economically.

  • Noeyedeer

    Don’t tell these people who recently emigrated to New Zealand that we live in hell-hole. Apparently they see things differently, quite the opposite in fact.


  • rua kenana

    Switzerland with the best governance!
    Some years ago some organisation like Time magazine took a similar survey and concluded back then Switzerland was the best governed country.
    Upon trying to get hold of government members to congratulate them, it turned out they were all on holiday. Good lessons there!

  • kloyd0306

    Need more proof that Labour is moving further left?
    Leftism is being defeated everywhere in the world.
    Keep up the good work Andy.

    • axeman

      And now I see breaking news that the Greens & Labour have reached a Memorandum of Understanding

      • Left Right Out

        So just like the unions in NZ, they are combining to try and stay relevant….. no chance in hell

        • axeman

          Pennies from Heaven for Key surely. All he needs to do is offer some sensible concessions to NZ first like restricting immigration and or enhancing the Gold Card and its game over While Winston may not like John Key, he loves this country and he would not see it slip into the hands of economic saboteurs

          • Left Right Out

            Yep… and I have no issue tightening up immigration… When the Nats got in it was all about attracting people here….. job done I would say…. tick for NZF

          • axeman

            Exactly. Rumour/story I have heard is that although Winston doesn’t like Key he has a grudging respect for what he has achieved as a leader.Pm will be more willing to work with National.

  • Left Right Out

    And now…… I snigger again…. and now the reds are teaming up with the Greens for the next election….. I kid you not…… the 2 parties that hate everything about NZ

    • Canucktoo

      Red + Green = Yellow. Twyford will have a fit!!!

    • Wheninrome

      GLUM – Greens Labour Understanding Memorandum. what a wonderful phrase to encourage the voters.

      • Keyser Soze

        LOL! You win the internet today!

    • Damon Mudgway

      Awesome, so now instead of two boats slowing sinking from too many leaks, we have a ship that’s being dragged underwater faster than the Titanic.

      I don’t see this ending well for either party. The dumb is strong in both current lineups.

    • Zanyzane

      Andrew Little just kissed Labour goodbye. No more need for a Labour party. It is now just the Green party.

  • Wheninrome

    As an individual who doesn’t appreciate what outsiders (foreigners) or the foreign stage can do for NZ I can’t see AAL buying into this.

  • [MOD]

    I’ve just deleted

    “You win the Internet”

    “I agree”

    and similar comments.

    What’s wrong with you people?

    As of now, I’ll be benching people to remind them what is expected.

    • Left Right Out

      Fair point Pete, and we are getting sidetracked a little as well with this topic.

      I’m sure there will be a post about the unions amalgamating at some stage, so best we stay on topic and celebrate just what a great country we have and how well we are doing

  • Wheninrome

    So now that they are riding their bike tandem, who is going to be doing the pedalling and who is going along for the ride? .
    Edit to add: And of course as there are “joint” people in the Green part of the equation, I suppose one is in the basket on the front, or maybe forms the saddle bags.

  • niggly

    Did Andy seek Winston’s opinion on this Labour/Green merge first …. or did Andy (and Matt McCarten & James & Meteria) all squeeze into the left hand seat of the car with all of their arms outstretched trying to steer the wheel (on the empty right hand side) …. with Winston (and National) laughing their heads off watching this impending side-show wreck weaving its way slowly zig-zagging down the road (narrowly avoiding middle NZ’ers)?

    • Aucky

      It’s a strange arrangement. Angry was very adamant that the arrangement was only valid until election day and very keen to make it clear that Robbo would be the Finance Minister. How does that all work?

      Just heard Andy talking to Larry and I don’t think he knows how it’s going to work either. Waffle, waffle, waffle.

      Nothing here, move on.

      • Keeping Stock

        “It’s only valid ’til election day”; now where have we head that before? Internet Mana, I believe. And we all know how THAT marriage of convenience ended.

    • RealKiwi

      Probably a Nazi era VW Beatle as they were Left Hook sitting on each other’s lap, green paint with red interior, pulling to the left, (the gutter) with the country in tow if it could!

  • Dave

    And where or where is their announcement on HOW they will balance their policies, particularly the fiscal ones, and the environmental one.

    PS: Andy, how do your numerous UNION masters feel about the move, I hope they agreed to this.

  • Curly1952

    Their absolute quest for power is resulting in them making noises to NZers that they aren’t doing well and they are the only party that can fix it.
    What they should be doing, IMHO, is saying we agree with this and that however we will enhance this or that by doing this or that!
    Nah, easier for them to rubbish the good work most NZers are doing for themselves rather than give them something to look forward to

  • Bryan

    so the mcgillery party girl has gone from them to labour and then the greens and now back to the merge with labour so what does she believe? political animal

  • sheppy

    Nice to see they have actually said what they intend to do. In politics there is nothing finer than the factions of the left fighting each other to see who can be the most communistic, and there’s no way this lot can keep a lid on it this far out from the election.
    By trying to convince people that NZ is doing badly, Labour and the Greens are projecting what life will be like should they get to power. The only top 5 in the world NZ would be in when led by that bunch of ineptness would be the top 5 fastest declining economies

  • Keanne Lawrence

    A blending of Red and Green to make a solid brown mess sees them finally earning the title of the Mud Mob. Early days to be getting stocked up on popcorn but this is going to be fun. Funny too.