“A Washington-based think-tank has found that New Zealand is the most socially advanced country in the world.
The Social Progress Imperative, whose advisory board is led by Harvard economist Professor Michael Porter, has put New Zealand first out of 130 countries based on 54 indicators of social progress.
The country tops the world on indicators of personal rights and freedoms, and comes in the top four for water and sanitation, access to schooling and tertiary education, and tolerance and inclusion of minority groups.”
Of course we are not perfect – we have high youth suicide rates, real threats to water quality in our rivers and lakes, and a report to the Anglican church this week still leaves it in limbo in regard to full acceptance gay and lesbian people.
I came here on a holiday from Sydney 35 years ago, and immediately made it my home. Absolutely no regrets. I have traveled the world, but there is still no place like home. I love that we are small, that I know people from one end of the country to the other. That there are still wonderful places to explore – just drove around the East Cape last week.
I began the Women Travel Network here – networking accommodation and tours for women. It started with a New Zealand site, then spread to the World. It is now a truly international venture with new accommodation and tours added monthly.