Posts Tagged ‘Inequality’

10% of NZers own 53% of the wealth Comments 0

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Blessed are the rich millennials for they shall inherit the earth – that’s if researcher Max Rashbrooke’s new book is ­anything to go by. In a project with Statistics New Zealand, the data, which looked at people’s wealth between 2004 and 2010, has yielded grim ­results, says Rashbrooke. The wealthiest 1 per cent of the Read more

Inequality has risen in NZ Comments 1

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Observant New Zealanders, who have noticed the number of children with poverty-related skin diseases soaring while gated communities proliferate, may be surprised to hear a think-tank claim that New Zealand has ‘no problem of rising inequality’. That surprise would be justified, since the gap between rich and poor has in fact widened dramatically. And the Read more

Poverty on the rise in the Pacific region Comments 0

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

For many visitors the Pacific Islands appear to be a paradise. The view from a high class resort however is not shared by many of the locals. Poverty is on the rise across the Pacific region, according to a recent report published by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). An average of one in four Read more

Ebola Is an inequality crisis Comments 0

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

In the past few months, the world has witnessed the worst outbreak of Ebola since the disease was first identified in 1976 — it has already claimed the lives of more than 3,400 people. But while the first cases in the U.S. and Spain have stirred fears over the past week, we don’t need to Read more

After the boom comes the pinch Comments 0

Friday, May 16th, 2014
for sale

It’s tough to picture the future if you’re a New Zealander under 30. Your first home has never been more out of reach, if you want to live in one of the main centres – not that we have much of a choice, because high rates of unemployment and thousands of dollars of student debt Read more

The Pope tweets, the Internet freaks Comments 0

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Emma Green

The remarkable thing about Francis is not that he’s fundamentally changing the theology of the Church, nor that he’s carving out a space for the pope as a heavyweight in the economics public sphere. It’s that he’s consistently able to match the themes that animate his spirituality and faith with issues that people around the Read more

Egalitarianism: Getting a fair go in NZ Comments 0

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

“Egali-what?” Even as New Zealand’s income gaps have yawned open in recent decades, public concern about that inequality has fallen. Egalitarianism used to be one of New Zealand’s touchstones, a term that conveyed a kind of pride in being a country with relatively small income gaps. Even among the politically active, the word has little Read more

Poverty is not a project Comments 0

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
William Grimm

Do you recall The Great Jubilee Year 2000? For a few years before the turn of the century, almost every statement by a bishop or other church leader or organization contained some paean to the jubilee. The pope had called for it, and so all sorts of people either sincerely or for show acted as Read more

World Cup injustice Comments 0

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Where once an event like the Olympics or the World Cup may have been seen as a triumph of corporate and athletic enterprise, today’s world counts the cost of games much more carefully. Previous events have left countries with decaying venues and huge bills that take years to pay off. Local communities are increasingly unhappy Read more