New Zealand 2005 CE
New Zealand has successfully re-orientated its economy away from reliance on Britain.
What is happening in New Zealand in 2005CE
The later Twentieth century has seen New Zealand asserting itself by such acts as banning all nuclear warships from its ports, in 1985. This cooled its relations with the USA for a time.
The 1970’s and 80’s were difficult years for New Zealand. One factor was the loss of special trading status with Britain, as the latter orientated itself economically away from the Commonwealth and towards Europe. The New Zealand government responded by sweeping reforms of the economy, making it more business-friendly and encouraging an entrepreneurial culture.
Maori culture has experienced a revival in the later Twentieth Century and, as a group, their social and economic position has benefited from their pressing for compensation for the injustices of the colonial era.