There is a long way to go for a section of New Zealand society but what will the Roger Douglas critics have to say about this from the Ministry of Social Development;
“This year’s report for the first time also looks at how New Zealanders’ wellbeing has changed over the last 20 years. Of the 18 indicators we can track from the mid-1980s, the majority have improved. New Zealanders are better educated, they’re healthier and more of them are in paid work.
“Since the mid-1980s, life expectancy has increased, suicide rates have reduced, and cigarette smoking has decreased. However, obesity has doubled for men and almost doubled for women, reflecting changes in diet and physical activity.
“There have been substantial increases in participation in early childhood and tertiary education, and more school leavers have higher qualifications. The unemployment rate has fallen steadily since it peaked at over 10 percent in 1992, and employment has risen."
So the economic reforms didn't ruin the country afterall.
June 20 in history
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