28 September 2008
This seems to provide a partial explanation as to why I, as a New Zealander, feel more at home in Canada than England or even Australia and enjoy visiting Switzerland and Austria.
What would be fascinating to see is such a map done for the values held by people in individual states in the USA, particularly California and New York compared with the Mid West and Deep South.
I have seen a similar map graphing the relationship between trust and economic performance by Harrison and Huntington (2000) in "The Origin of Wealth" by Eric Beinhocker (Figure 18-1 on page 433 - also see previous post).
Also take heed of the usual note of caution - to fully understand the opportunities available to international airlines in an air services relationship you also need to look at the related Memorandum of Understanding. In New Zealand these are held by the Ministry of Transport and are not available on the web.
On my home pages I have a list of virtually all the air services agreements (but not the amendments) with their year of signature and that gives some indication of those treaties that are no longer current. The following treaties are in date order of publication in the Treaty Series.
New Zealand Air Services Treaties Online
Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia amending the Agreement relating to Air Services of 25 July 1961  NZTS 19
Exchange of Notes amending the Agreement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of Western Samoa for Air Services between and beyond their Respective Territories of 23 June 1978  NZTS 16
Exchange of Letters constituting an Agreement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of the Republic of Nauru to amend the Route Schedule of the Air Services Agreement of 5 August 1980  NZTS 20
Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland amending the Agreement concerning Air Services  NZTS 1
Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of the Republic of Fiji amending the Agreement between New Zealand and Fiji concerning Air Services of 26 April 1979  NZTS 5
Exchange of Letters amending the Agreement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of Western Samoa for Air Services, as Amended by Exchange of Notes of 2 July 1984, and further amended by Exchange of Notes of 31 August 1990 (with Annex)  NZTS 16
Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement amending the 1978 Agreement between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of Western Samoa for Air Services between and beyond their Respective Territories (with Annex)  NZTS 7
Civil Aviation-Related Treaties Online
Australian - New Zealand Agreement 1944  NZTS 1 – note paragraphs 17 to 23.
Exchange of Letters between the Government of New Zealand and the Government of Fiji constituting an Agreement concerning the Contribution by the Government of New Zealand toward the Improvement in the Financial Situation and in the Reorganisation of Air Pacific Ltd  NZTS 11
23 September 2008
The same consultants, International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group), advised the Government of Samoa on the future of Polynesian Airlines which lead to its downsizing and the creation of Polynesian Blue in 2005.
21 September 2008
The focus is on the international transport challenges facing the Pacific Islands with their small markets and vast distances. The aviation volume was drafted by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation and the shipping volume was drafted by Meyrick and Associates.
- AIRLINE INDUSTRY - Potential Mergers and Acquisitions Driven by Financial and Competitive Pressures from July 2008 (.pdf, 51 pages)
- AVIATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT - NextGen and Research and Development Are Keys to Reducing Emissions and Their Impact on Health and Climate from May 2008 (.pdf, 37 pages)
A couple of years ago the GAO commented on the idea of reregulating the US airline industry:
- AIRLINE DEREGULATION - Reregulating the Airline Industry Would Likely Reverse Consumer Benefits and Not Save Airline Pensions from June 2006 (.pdf, 44 pages)
20 September 2008
19 September 2008
18 September 2008
On 1 August 2008 the Office of the Attorney General announced that around 30 public submissions had been received.
What the task force is interested in was outlined in a call for submissions issued by the Fiji Government (see previous post).
17 September 2008
The Plan gives some quantification of potential emissions reductions but could have been clearer in summarising the total reductions thought to be achievable.
Back on 24 February 2006 USA Today reported on a previous related dispute.
16 September 2008
I used monthly jet fuel spot prices from the Energy Information Administration of the US Department of Energy (see previous post). The exchange rate data set I used came from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
The NZ Herald reported on 15 September 2008 that the flight achieved a 4% reduction in fuel consumption.
The flight was part of the Asia & South Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) that also involves Air Services Australia.
14 September 2008
Those Kiwis overseas might like to have a look at the web site Every Vote Counts, a non-partisan campaign to reach New Zealanders offshore and encourage them to participate.
Canada's next federal election will be on 14 October and the Presidential election in the United States is on 4 November so there is plenty going on to keep election watchers interested.
11 September 2008
It is not just that New Zealand beat Australia, with 116 countries listed it is that New Zealand just beat Australia that I find so interesting.
Herman from Belgium (producer of a brilliant set of small flags that I use) also has a table setting out the recent results (for 2008 he combines Beijing and Torino).