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NZ well positioned for future, says study

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/08/2016

New Zealand is well positioned for the future and gets top marks for health policy, according to a comparison of OECD and European Union countries.

But it needs to do more in research and development and in environmental policy.

The study by the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany has New Zealand 12th in future viability among the 41 countries surveyed, 13 places ahead of Australia.

New Zealand headed the rankings in health care policy, with its health care seen as being not only generally of a high quality, but also cost-effective and relatively efficiently managed.

It was also in the top 10 for family, education, integration and political system.

"However, despite having a robust labour market and good budgetary situation, the country does not exploit its full potential in terms of economic policy," the study said.

"The reason for this is its deficits in research and development (19th).

"The country also does not yet appear to be well equipped for the future in terms of environmental policy (just 27th)."

New Zealand was among the 10 worst countries for greenhouse gas emissions and for producing waste.

Researchers applied 136 sustainable governance indicators to assess government actions and reforms of the countries in the study.

Sweden came out on top overall, followed by Switzerland and Germany.

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