Apparently. The NZ Herald reports;
"New Zealand's lofty position in the Global Peace Index (GPI) partly reflects its lack of internal and external conflicts and its very good relations with neighbouring countries, namely Australia and fellow member states of the Pacific Island Forum," the GPI reports says.
It said the nation's political scene was stable and the index gave New Zealand very low scores on the likelihood of violent demonstrations and the number of homicides.
In this context "low" is a good. But here are the 2000 homicide rates (per 100,000 population);
50.14 South Africa
21.40 Russia (1999)
_2.84 Northern Ireland
_2.72 Czech Republic
_2.58 New Zealand
_2.31 Turkey (1999)
_1.61 England & Wales
_1.48 Ireland (Eire)
NZ ranked 12th out of 38. The most recent figure available is 2.4 - only slightly better. Have the GPI mixed up 'high' and 'low'? One wonders.
"Our principled stance contributes to New Zealand's reputation as a world leader in peace and security" Miss Clark said.
Isn't it interesting that when UNICEF says NZ has a very high rate of child death from maltreatment at 1.2 per 100,000 there is a political storm and every man and his dog, including the PM, has a theory about a solution (most notably removing section 59) but now the PM is basking in this good news, happy to overlook that NZ's homicide rate is actually relatively high. In fact if you took the same countries as UNICEF used in the famous table that had NZ third highest for child deaths, our homicide rate would be 6th highest out of 25.
Today Ms Clark has us down as a world leader in peace and security yet for the past few weeks she has been hammering on about New Zealand's appalling record of violence towards children. Draw your own conclusions.