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There’s nothing New Zealand likes more than punching above its weight (although, the question remains, exactly how much does New Zealand weigh? Those mountains and glaciers would surely add some heft). And to punch above said weight and to confirm our suspicions of brilliance, we require independent, foreign validation. Thankfully, a number of recent studies have placed us in the upper echelons. So let your sense of humble superiority swell, fellow Kiwis.

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“Punching Above Our Weight” is one of the core beliefs (/banalities) of our fair nation. When not punching above said weight, we comfort ourselves with the phrase, “On a per capita basis”. But a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) throws a little cold water on New Zealand’s punch when it comes to contributing to global innovation.

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The classic Kiwi combo of immense pride and crushing self-doubt makes for an interesting cultural paradox and it’s often manifested in the most common question directed at tourists: ‘are you enjoying your stay? I hope you’re enjoying you’re stay. You are enjoying your stay! That’s great. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay (‘are you enjoying your stay?’ should really be a slogan that’s added to the new flag). Most of us know we've got it pretty good here, but it's always nice to get some independent validation, so get ready to swell with patriotism, because three new comparative surveys show New Zealand is still right up there in a range of different categories.