88.5 Overall Score (down 11.5 since Aug 1st.)

New Zealand

  • 84.1 Public Health
  • 74.7 Financial
  • 100 Fact-Based
  • 84.1 Public Health
  • 74.7 Financial
  • 100 Fact-Based

New Zealand has had very strong policy, particularly with regard to its reliance on science and facts and its relatively strong financial response.

Pre-COVID Conditions

New Zealand scored highly on most measures but has a low number of hospital beds and is a country of average wealth.

  • Debt/GDP ratio 29.8%
  • GDP/capita $42,045
  • Gini coefficient (out of 100) NO DATA
  • Infant mortality rate (out of 1,000 live births) 5
  • Healthcare access score (out of 100) 86.2
  • Hospital beds/1,000 People 19.7

Government Response

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(Data points represent policy level as of Jan 1.)

Public Health Directives

New Zealand has had very strong public health policy, and it scored well in most public health areas, except in testing and emergency healthcare funds.

  • Stay at home order 0
  • Public gathering restrictions 0
  • School closings 0
  • Public event cancellations 0
  • Testing policy 2
  • Emergency healthcare investments/capita $61.64
  • Travel restrictions 4
  • Tests/1,000 people 291.5
  • Contact tracing 2

Financial Response

Despite a small stimulus package and limited debt relief, New Zealand had a relatively strong financial response to COVID-19, owing heavily to its very generous income support for workers.

  • Financial stimulus as share of GDP 10.9%
  • Income support 2
  • Debt forebearance 2

Fact-Based Communication

New Zealand’s government is very strong in this category, as it has not engaged in misinformation or limited press freedom in response to COVID-19.

  • Reliance on science/fact based information 0
  • Press freedom 0

COVID-19 Status as of Jan 1

New Zealand is among the best performers in this category, consistently scoring very strongly in all subcategories, likely attributable to its very low positivity rate and very strong policy score.

  • Total deaths 25
  • Death rate per 100K 5.2
  • Total cases 2,162
  • Cases per 100K 448
  • Percent of positive tests 0.2
  • Change in positivity rates +0.2
Case Trend Line
Daily cases Level 1 Lockdown Level 2 Lockdown
Date Status New Cases/1M
1 May 13 Social distancing requirements are lifted 0.24
2 May 18 Schools reopen 0.06
3 May 21 Bars reopen 0.18
4 Jun 08 Restrictions on personal movements, gathering, workplaces, and services are lifted 0.00
5 Aug 12 Country moves to Alert Level 2 for 3 days following several new cases 0.59
6 Sep 21 Restrictions lifted in all but one city (which will be lifted in 2 weeks) 0.42
7 Oct 08 All restrictions lifted 0.53

Differentiating Factors

Compared with Other Island Nations
  • 53.5
    Indonesia 751,270
    Per 1M

    Indonesia scores relatively weakly, a big drop in the past few months, keyed by substantial weakening of travel restrictions, testing policy, and debt relief.

  • 61.4
    Iceland 5,754
    Per 1M

    Iceland has a very strong score, owing heavily to its reliance on facts as well as generous debt and income support; its large improvement since January was keyed by significant improvements in public health policy and financial support.

  • 79.6
    Japan 239,068
    Per 1M

    Japan has a strong overall score, driven by its generous financial response and a reliance on facts, although its public health policy is very weak.

  • 79.1
    Taiwan 802
    Per 1M

    Taiwan has a relatively strong policy score, but its minimal stimulus and weak debt relief bring it down. However, the data does not accurately measure its advanced contact tracing, which may have diminished the need for more restrictions; this likely results in a score that underestimates Taiwan’s response.

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New Zealand

Statistics and government response factors available on each country profile include:

Pre-COVID Conditions:

  • Debt to GDP ratio
  • Infant mortality rates
  • Hospital beds per 1,000 people
  • Gini coefficients measuring inequality
  • Health access and quality

COVID-19 Public Health Directives:

  • Stay-at home orders
  • School-closing policy
  • Public-gathering restrictions
  • Cancellation of public events
  • Testing policy and rates per 1,000 people
  • Emergency healthcare spending per capita
  • Travel restrictions
  • Contact tracing

COVID-19 Financial Response:

  • Stimulus package as a share of GDP
  • Income support
  • Debt-forbearance

Public Communications:

  • Instances of misinformation by leadership
  • Limitations on press freedom, censorship

Current/Historic In-Country COVID-19 Status:

  • Death rates per 1 million
  • Case rates per 1 million