The New Zealand Institute has given New Zealand a C for performance and says it can do better.
An analysis by the think tank of 16 measures of economic, social and environmental well-being, found five measures have improved in the last six months, but four have deteriorated.
New Zealand again failed to attain an A-grade for any of the measures and overall, the country was given an average rating of C with a B- for effort.
Household wealth, labour productivity, life expectancy, business innovation and carbon dioxide emissions improved, but other environmental measures slipped.
The institute says New Zealand's performance relative to other countries remains generally poor.