Every weekday morning, for a fleeting but glorious couple of hours, New Zealand comes as close as it ever will to leading the global economy, by being the first market of the new day to open. It’s a modest distinction, one that reaps the country little more than occasional first billing on CNN’s financial round-ups. The business activities of this placid South Pacific nation of four million, just west of the international dateline, barely register elsewhere: America is logging off for the day, Europe is heading to bed and the neighbouring markets…
Main city beach in Wellington
Soul Bar and Bistro in Auckland
Wellington’s Central Business District (CBD)
New Zealand stock exchange in Wellington
Hugh Stevens, head of BNP Paribas Security Services NZ
Lunchtime runners on Wellington’s waterfront
Wellington CBD seen from Queens Wharf
New Zealand Institute’s Auckland headquarters
Surfers at Lyall Bay, 15 minutes from Wellington’s CBD
Mark Weldon, chief executive of the New Zealand stock exchange
Freyberg Pool in Wellington’s waterfront
View from BNP Paribas’s offices in Wellington
HP Tower, Wellington, home to JP Morgan and BNP Paribas
Auckland (CBD is in the left of picture)
Dr Rick Boven, director of the New Zealand Institute
An after-work football match, with Auckland Museum in the background
The Bellini Baar at the Hilton, Auckland
Longroom on Posonby Road, the place to be and be seen in Auckland
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