The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is primarily an information and research organisation for the world’s developed nations, but the wealth of comparative data it provides shapes domestic political debates. The notion that New Zealand should be in ‘the top half of the OECD’ was popular shorthand promoted by members of the Labour-led government in the early 2000s. In this cartoon Prime Minister Helen Clark (centre) and Minister of Finance Michael Cullen (right) brainstorm ways New Zealand could achieve a per-capita GDP comparable to high-income OECD members. In practice it ranked between 20th and 22nd out of 27 throughout Clark’s three-term government.
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Cartoon by Mike Moreu
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