Psychology in New Zealand

George Shouksmith with the latest in our international series.
Back in the 1960s a radio interviewer asked Spike Milligan what he thought of New Zealand. ‘I visited there,’ Spike replied, ‘but I found it was closed!’ Yet at around the same period Austin Mitchell (who later became a Westminster MP) titled his book about New Zealand The Half-gallon, Quarter-acre, Pavlova Paradise. Life was easy and there was a ‘togetherness’ helped by a generally egalitarian set of values and a paternalistic, social-welfare-oriented government.

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