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New Zealand has been judged the most peaceful nation in the world.
An Australian thinktank recognised our stable political situation, relatively low rate of violence and decrease in military spending.
The Institute for Economics and Peace list was created after the start of the global recession, finding the financial meltdown was dragging the world toward political instability and conflict.
We are self sustainable with food,water and energy.
The NZ I know is a black, violent place rampant with gang violence, domestic violence, serious drug problems and racial tension.
Originally posted by sy.gunson
Yeah of course we have taxes including sales taxes.
There is no formal Capital gains tax however if you trade and speculate in property after a tax assessment they put you in a very high tax bracket.
We have one federal government and we also pay rates to local authorities like city or borough councils.
We have a PAYE system of tax deduction from pay checks or you can be a private contractor and pay your own.
No social security taxes as such. Social security is funded out of ordinary income taxes as is health care. Also the Government subsidises medications and it is near free for the poorest people. Yes we have a system of welfare support. Government and some regional authorities provide assisted housing. Health care is free or you can opt for private. Government health care has delays for elective surgery.