New Zealand ranked #1 for prosperity and ease of business
It's been a week of good news for New Zealand and New Zealanders.
The Legatum Institute -- an international think-tank that compiles a prosperity index -- and the World Bank have rated New Zealand #1 for prosperity and for ease of doing business, respectively. They've confirmed what we've known all along -- that New Zealand is the place to be.
And there is no better place in New Zealand than our little patch of it, Ōhāriu.
As part of that uplifting news, national statistics show unemployment has dropped to 4.9 per cent and it's been reported that 144,000 jobs were created in the past 12 months. The average wage has risen $12,000 since 2008 and inflation by 0.4 per cent. The economy continues to grow strongly.
Against that backdrop, Labour has decided that unemployed young people should be paid to "go bush" instead of filling the jobs that are being created. To add to that, they've been shifty on the cost of their youth unemployment plan, underpricing it by at least $30 million.
And on top of that, they plan to sting employers who can't find Kiwis with the skills they need with a further tax.
Why don't they save us all time and money by printing some signs for themselves, reading: "unfit to govern"?