Day: June 3, 2009

new zealand most peaceful nation in world

The Global Peace Index is a ground-breaking milestone in the study of peace. It is the first time that an Index has been created that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace. more

NZ the world’s most peaceful nation: study  


New Zealand has topped the list of the world’s most peaceful nations, according to an Australian think tank. 

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. 

Many of the indicators which it used to measure peacefulness — such as a nation’s homicide rate or its level of military expenditure — had deteriorated as the world economy tanked. 

The institute laid out its key findings ahead of the publication of its annual “Global Peace Index,” a report prepared in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit. 

The report measured nations according to 24 criteria such as the potential for terror attacks, the level of violent crime, or the number of conflicts it is fighting. The criteria were then weighted and tabulated to rank 144 countries. 

The rankings have changed little since the list was first published in 2007. But this year, New Zealand overtook Iceland’s place as the world’s most peaceful country. 

The tiny North Atlantic nation tumbled to fourth after violent demonstrations followed the spectacular implosion of its debt-fuelled economy. 

Scandinavian and Western European countries still clustered near the top, and violence-racked countries such as Afghanistan and Somalia rounded out the bottom. 

The United States rose six ranks, to a still-modest 83rd place, something the survey attributed to a decreasing likelihood of terror attacks. 

Those behind the survey had said in the past that US standing was dragged down by the large number of people in its jails, its relatively high levels of violent crime, and its multibillion dollar defence budget. 

Iraq maintained its position at dead last. 

The institute isn’t the first to warn of the knock-on effects of the dire economy. Last week London-based Amnesty International said the aftermath of the credit crunch was putting pressure on human rights across the world. 

Source: Otago Daily Times
Released: 02 Jun 2009 



south island, new zealand, new official website


Exciting New Website Caters for South Island-bound Travellers
     03 Jun 09
Planning a holiday in the heart of the south has never been so easy! 

Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism has revamped its website to provide visitors with a series of innovative new trip-planning tools including interactive maps, regional itineraries, traveller recommendations, and a seamless real-time online booking system for flights, car hire and accommodation in the South Island.

Visitors to the website will also be able to access exclusive on-line deals, unique offers and quality destination information.

“This new site responds to travellers’ imaginations – it’s a showcase of ideas, recommendations and powerful imagery that captures the heart of a region that stretches from Kaikoura to Aoraki Mt Cook,” says Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism chief executive Christine Prince.

“Essentially no trip to New Zealand is complete without seeing the iconic South Island and as the heart of the South, Christchurch is a must-see destination.”

Demand from travellers for quality information about the South Island has been steadily growing over recent years as the island has emerged as a destination in its own right. The world’s leading publisher of travel books, Lonely Planet, has just released its first travel guide dedicated to the South Island in response to the demand.

“The richness and diversity of the South Island is all captured in our new portal. Once you log onto we’ll be able to give you a wealth of choices, with everything you need to book and plan your South Island trip.’’