What is the welfare system in New Zealand?

One of the attractions of migration to New Zealand is the very strong welfare system they have in place. Of course you are expected to be accountable for your own well-being and many welfare benefits are restricted during the first 2 years of New Zealand permanent residency.
The welfare system can be described as a cradle to grave philosophy offering help such:
* Loss of your job
* Inability to work due to illness or an accident,
* Retirement benefits via the New Zealand Superannuation
* Maternity leave when you have a baby,
* Financial assistance for the elderly.

How is the economy in New Zealand?

With a score of 81.2 in 2014 New Zealand ranks the 5th freest economy in the world and 4th in Asia. This score is reflective of having one of the world’s most open economies that abides to free market principles and suffers from little regulatory hindrance.

The population sits at approximately 4.4 million with an average capita of $29,730.

Which are the biggest industries in the New Zealand economy?

In the main the New Zealand economy is powered by agriculture and the export of items such as meat, dairy products, fish, wool and fruit and vegetables.
Manufacturing also plays its role and this includes food processing, metal fabrication and wood and paper products.
Tourism remains an important sector with total associated expenditure of some $23.9 billion, contributing 16.1 percent to New Zealand’s total exports of goods and services.

What type of government does New Zealand have?

The government of New Zealand is led by the Prime Minister and their cabinet, who in turn advice the head of state, the Queen who is represented by the governor general.
The Queen, via her representative plays little more than a formal role and acts on the basis that she reigns but government rules.

New Zealand is a constitutional democracy with elections every three years. The Prime minister is indirectly elected and comes from the party with the largest amount of MP’s in parliament. In theory the Prime Minister is appointed by the Governor General and can be dismissed by him.