I'm not particularly interested in the Monarchy but I am in social change. Statistics New Zealand put together this pictorial for the Queen's Jubilee:
New Zealand’s population – both humans and cows – has more than
doubled in the 60 years that Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne,
but it seems the price of an electric kettle is a fraction of what it
Statistics New Zealand has been delving into historical data from 1952 and comparing it with the latest information available.
Deputy Government Statistician Dallas Welch says New Zealand’s population has changed markedly.
“Back in 1952, New Zealand broke through the 2 million population
barrier and 60 years on, that’s more than doubled to 4.4 million.
Coincidentally, the number of dairy cows has also more than doubled from
less than 3 million, to over 6 million.”
Mrs Welch said immigration patterns have also changed.
“When the Queen first took the throne, more than half of our
immigrants came from the United Kingdom. Today that’s more like 17
percent, although in the past year, more people still moved here from
the UK than from any other place.
“In trade, the Old Country used to contribute about two-thirds of our
export earnings. Last year, 3 percent of our export earnings came from
And as for making a nice cup of tea, in 1952 an electric kettle cost
59 shillings and 6 pence (about $164 in today’s terms) and a 1lb (500g)
pack of tea was 6 shillings and 4 pence (about $16.60). Today a kettle
costs about $44 on average, and a box of 100 teabags (about 200g of tea)
costs about $4.46.
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