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Semi-protected edit request on 14 October 2014 - Please add Geology of New Zealand[edit]

Economy not dominated by dairy, etc.[edit]

I made this change:

New Zealand is a developed country with a market economy that is dominated by the exports of dairy products, meat and wine, along with tourism.

The imports and exports data for the year ending March 2015 have dairy, meat and wine coming to $20.6B. GDP for the same year was $239.5B so these three exports make up 8.6% of GDP. Tourism is harder to determine, but the industry lobby group says that Tourism accounted for 4.9% of GDP for the same year.

The truth is that service industries dominate New Zealand's production, making up 64.7% of GDP, but this is no different from most industrialised economies so it's not particularly notable. Exports and international tourism get played up in the New Zealand media, but New Zealand's economy is predominantly internal. Ben Arnold (talk) 02:23, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

You're right - the economy is not dominated by those things but exports are and without exports the country would collapse. Understanding what a country produces is an important part of understanding the character of the country so I think this shold be reworded to say something like New Zealand is a developed country with a market economy, major export earners include dairy products, meat, wood, fruit, wine, fish and tourism. 101.98.248.252 (talk) 11:39, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

Telecommunications[edit]

"The United Nations International Telecommunication Union ranks New Zealand 12th in the development of information and communications infrastructure, having moved up four places between 2008 and 2010."

This remains true, of course, but there are some more recent IDI indexes available from the ICT that could do with being mentioned under this section--*in addition* to this one, at the very least--so as to be providing more up-to-date information, and all. Here's what's led to me thinking this: http://www.itu.int/net4/ITU-D/idi/2015/#idi2015rank-tab

I'm not entirely sure if that's a source worth citing, however--it certainly isn't on par with the PDF cited to validate the statement I quoted from the page. As such, I wanted to get some feedback before I went ahead and did any editing. I'll keep searching for other sources, myself, though--and, if I find any, they may end up being more appropriate.

All the same, that website ranks New Zealand at 16th--which means that it's been moved four rankings *down* from its previous position. This is a direct reversal to the state of affairs that the article presently suggests, if it's true. New Zealand's ranking has now moved *down* four places--though, not in the exact same interval of time, it seems. As a matter of fact, though, I only just realized that, if what I'm thinking is correct, then the entirety of that statement is false, at it's given in the present tense--it's saying that New Zealand -is- ranked 12th, even at this very moment, effectively. That's considerably more fallacious--again, *if I'm correct*, anyway.

I imagine this seems like a trivial fix, to some, but I haven't exactly made any real edits of this relative magnitude in quite some time, so I'm feeling rather unsure of myself, and, thus, want to bring this to everyone's attention before I act on it in any way. I might be getting my indexes mixed up, for example--after all, the statement which I quoted specifically states '12th in the development of _information and communications infrastructure_, which might not actually be synonymous with what I've said. Really, I'm not sure. But I've gone on long enough about this--I appreciate your patience, if you've made it this far. Ghost Lourde (talk) 17:31, 16 June 2016 (UTC)