Helen Clark, New Zealand Prime Minister
To many, New Zealand is an irrelevance, a minor island nation isolated in the South Pacific with few resources and little clout.

But it is also one of the most developed nations on earth, ranked among the freest countries when it comes to political rights and civil liberties, with some of the best race relations in the world.

Prime Minister Helen Clark – who remains an outspoken critic of the US-led war in Iraq – says she is determined to bring this culture of tolerance and political maturity to the world stage, while helping build bridges in troubled times.

In this edition of 101 East, Teymoor Nabili speaks to the leader of a small country that is pushing to play a bigger role internationally.

This episode of 101 East aired on the 19 July 2007

101 East airs at 16:30GMT every Thursday on Al Jazeera English and is repeated during the week.

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