Kiwis are more trusting?

It really surprised me that this article came out on a day when the government is embroiled in a sexual assault scandal which was clearly covered up, and everyone is ducking for cover. I did notice, however, that it came off the front page of Stuff very quickly.

New Zealanders have generally become slightly more trusting of the nation’s institutions, a new report shows.

In particular, people have more trust in the Government and the media, less trust in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the same level of trust in business compared to a year ago, according to this year’s Acumen Edelman Trust Barometer

When compared to other countries, New Zealand bucks the trend with one of the highest levels of trust in the Government. About 51 per cent of the general public trust the Government, compared to 46 per cent last year.

Overall New Zealand has moved up one point on the global trust index to 44 points. China has the highest level of trust at 74 points while Australia has a rating of 40 points.

China? Oh please. If they are at the top of the list of trusted Governments, what on earth is the criteria? Not low corruption, obviously.

“This can be linked to our trust in the transparency of our Government and New Zealand’s status as one of the least corrupt countries in the world.”

However, the Government still had work to do, as it was failing to meet expectations on building infrastructure, driving economic prosperity, and ensuring the poorest were catered to, she said.

And on a few other things… illegally giving alcohol to minors, hushing up sexual assault at YL meetings. Oh, and promising to build 10,000 houses in 3 years, of which they do not have a hope in hell of achieving.

The media has become slightly more trusted by the general public, rising to 31 per cent, up from 29 per cent, but the fourth estate remains the least trusted institution in New Zealand.

“We can see that fake news is having a detrimental impact on trust in the media and other institutions, with almost two-thirds of Kiwis worried about the impact of fake news,” Keely said.

About 64 per cent of respondents could not recognise journalism from rumour, and they were also struggling to tell if a piece of news was produced by a respected media organisation.

New Zealanders expected media to be guarding information quality and educating people on important issues, she said.

Who produced this report? Hans Christian Andersen? Trust in the media is at an all time low. Maybe the figures have improved slightly because so few people actually engage with the mainstream media any more.

The survey found the media was seen to be undermining trust across institutions.
As a result, 62 per cent are not sure what is true and what is not, 42 per cent don’t know which politicians to trust, and 38 per cent don’t know which companies or brands to trust.
So 62% of people don’t know what is true any more, and trust in the media is improving? Really?
Trust in NGOs, including charities, also dropped.

NGOs were seen to be failing to protect people’s privacy and personal information, failing to ensure the poorest had the minimum they needed, and failing to ensure everyone had equal opportunities to succeed.

The report says NGOs have potential to step up.

Dead right. Stop playing political games and put the money given by decent, hardworking people to the use it was intended for. Trust in not-for-profit organisations is also at an all time low, mainly because they squander so much money in things that are not important.

My trust in the NZ Government dropped like a stone in October last year. This might have been because someone who won only 7% of the vote at the election decided to form a government while ignoring the party that had received the most votes. Since then, we have reeled from stupidity to serious crisis, and it is obviously not going to get better. Exacting utu is no way to run the country. That is why I will never trust this lot, no matter what.

-Stuff


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