Posts Tagged ‘Inequality’

Auckland City Mission has new home

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022
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Ten years after the Auckland City Mission – Te Tāpui Atawhai – began working on finding a new home, it has finally opened its doors. Called HomeGround, Auckland City Missioner Helen Robinson (pictured at the new facility) says its new one-stop health and social services space for the city’s most vulnerable people realises a long-held Read more

Win-win: strategic giving funds gap in social services

Thursday, November 11th, 2021
One Donor

The wealth gap in New Zealand is growing – but many people behind philanthropic giving are changing the shape of charity. The changes are taking the form of new sorts of funds where ‘donors’ still get a return. They include bonds resulting in community housing being built, investments in education and health and ‘impact investment’. Read more

Domestic NZ COVID passport is discriminatory, promotes inequality and coercion

Monday, September 27th, 2021
covid passport

With Covid-19 causing extraordinarily intrusive and expensive lockdowns, vaccine or Covid passports or certificates are increasingly seen as key to getting out of them. Decision-makers and gatekeepers – from border guards to maître d’s – will have a means of knowing who can safely engage with others. To that end, the New Zealand government aims Read more

NZ house prices driving dangerous levels of inequality

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
dangerous levels of inequality

The average house price in Aotearoa is more than $900,000. We have a shortfall of more than 100,000 dwellings, all urban housing markets are considered severely unaffordable by international standards. 500,000 Kiwis are in overcrowded housing situations 350,000 households are on accommodation supplements Māori home ownership sits at just over 30% less than 50% of Read more

Bezos space flight blased as stratospheric inequality

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
The New York Times

The world’s richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (pictured), says Tuesday was “the best day ever” after he flew into space in his rocket and capsule. The venture has reinforced his commitment to tackling the climate crisis, and using New Shepard (his rocket) as a stepping stone towards colonising space for the benefit of Earth. Read more

Former Labour MP calls for “inequality emergency”

Monday, December 7th, 2020

A former Labour MP is calling for an “inequality emergency” to be declared, after the Government announced a climate emergency last week. Sue Moroney said the Government, with its “strong mandate”, had the ability to start tackling growing inequality in New Zealand. “Naming it [climate change] as an emergency is important,” she said. “I’d like Read more

Pope and Warren Buffett see eye to eye on free markets

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Pope Francis and Warren Buffett both blame free market policies for rising inequality. In his latest encyclical (Fratelli Tutti), Francis points out “The marketplace, by itself, cannot resolve every problem, however much we are asked to believe this dogma of neo-liberal faith. “Neo-liberalism simply reproduces itself by resorting to the magic theories of ‘spillover’ or Read more

Pandemic highlights social problems and inequality

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

The pandemic is highlighting and exacerbating social problems, especially inequality, Pope Francis said at his General Audience  last Wednesday. Focusing his talk on the fourth of his “Healing the World” series, Francis is urging everyone to check statistics to see how many children are dying of hunger because of a poor distribution of wealth and Read more

Seven women seek leadership roles French Catholic Church hierarchy

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Seven women are seeking leadership roles in the French Catholic Church heirarchy. These roles include positions as priests and bishops, which are officially reserved for men. This is the latest push to give women a significant place in the Catholic hierarchy. After submitting their candidacies for various leadership roles, including deacon, priest and bishop, the Read more

NZ’s ugly inequities laid bare

Thursday, June 11th, 2020
inequalities

Did you rejoice when you heard we were moving down to Level 1? I wonder if the homeless, temporarily housed during lockdown, felt as positive as they faced losing their brief safe havens? One homeless man, interviewed in his temporary motel accommodation, gratefully acknowledged the help, but worried it would be even harder to resume Read more