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Grant Robertson: ‘New Zealand’s prosperity is about much more than GDP growth’ | Eleanor Ainge Roy

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The country’s finance minister on why his pioneering wellbeing budget is prioritising happiness in its spending plansLast month the New Zealand finance minister, Grant Robertson, unveiled a major shake-up of his country’s annual budget. For the first time the budget puts social wellbeing indicators ahead of GDP when it comes to spending decisions. From now on, the health of New Zealand will not be measured by economic growth alone but instead by the overall wellbeing of its nearly 5 million people.The wellbeing budget was promised last year by the left-leaning Labour coalition government, and is a passion project for Robertson and the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. The two – who are close friends – have been united in their commitment to improving the lives of the country’s most vulnerable people, who they say have been left behind in the race for GDP growth. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/11/grant-robertson-new-zealand-prosperity-growth-wellbeing

Author : Eleanor Ainge Roy

Publish date : 2019-06-11 06:00:38

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