While confidence in the global economy has largely declined this year as a universal trend, in contrast companies around the world remain optimistic about their own growth for the year ahead.
So, why the differing views and relatively cheerful Kiwis? Post-Global Financial Crisis we're seeing a much more resilient New Zealand economy. Ten years ago it was supposedly impossible for the export sector to make any money when the dollar was above NZ80 cents to the US dollar.
Well, for a number of years it was and businesses changed their operating models and learned how to survive and prosper. There have been some fundamental changes in the New Zealand economy since and a lot of those are linked to its ability to operate in a more dynamic environment, one that changes more rapidly than it ever used to.
The Christchurch rebuild in the wake of the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 is also playing its part in driving overall growth trends.
Australia, too, is taking steps to diversify its economy with the signing of the free-trade agreement last year with China although obviously the impacts of that are yet to come.
The two countries either side of the ditch are however growing increasingly interconnected. The majority of New Zealand CEOs identified Australia as the place they consider most important for overall growth prospects, followed by China and then the US.