National Day of New Zealand
TODAY, New Zealand celebrates its National Day, which is also called Waitangi Day. The country considers this celebration as a day of thanksgiving in commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6, 1840, between the Maoris, the indigenous people of New Zealand, and the British Crown. The treaty granted, among others, equal rights to the signatories to land in New Zealand.
New Zealand enjoys an internationally competitive, market-oriented economy, strongly focusing on international trade, with exported goods and services accounting for a third of total output. A stable political and economic environment, educated workforce, and the absence of corruption make New Zealand attractive to foreign investments.
The country underwent radical economic restructuring in the 1980s and 1990s to increase competitiveness. Reforms included the removal of subsidies, tariffs, and price controls; the floating of the exchange rate; the abolition of controls on capital movement; and the privatization of many state assets. In recent times, government policy has shifted to a focus on encouraging growth through innovation and creativity.
Historically, the foundation of New Zealands economy was built on the farming sector and its primary producers are among the worlds best. …