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The tax burden in New Zealand increased by 1.0 percentage points from 31.4% to 32.4% in 2014. The corresponding figures for the OECD average were an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 34.2% to 34.4%.
The 2015 edition introduces more detailed analysis of participation in early childhood and tertiary levels of education. The report also examines first generation tertiary-educated adults’ educational and social mobility, labour market outcomes for recent graduates, and participation in employer-sponsored formal and/or non-formal education.
Nitrogen run-off from farming and other land uses was threatening to undermine the pristine waters of Lake Taupo – New Zealand’s largest and most iconic lake – and to damage a range of economic and cultural activities. In 2011, the regional government introduced a water quality policy package. This bold policy experiment is unique: it is the only trading programme or market where diffuse sources of pollution operate under a cap.
In 2014, New Zealand provided USD 502 million in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.27% of gross national income (GNI) and an increase of 6.8% in real terms from 2013, driven mainly by an increase in bilateral grants, primarily to least developed countries (LDCs).
New Zealand generally performs well in terms of economic and social inclusion. It has high employment rates, and education and health-care systems work well for most.
Bilateral Agreements that have been signed to establish exchange of information for tax purposes.
Ensuring that permanent spending or tax cuts are implemented in a sustainable manner would encourage the strong fiscal position that New Zealand needs to meet potentially large macroeconomic shocks and long-run ageing-related costs.
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At 75%, the employment rate in New Zealand is the third highest among OECD countries and has been only marginally affected by the recent economic crisis.
Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2015, July 2015 version. The notes are available in PDF format.
A dashboard of key government indicators by country, to help you analyse international comparisons of public sector performance.