Knowledge is Power

Te Matauranga ko te Kaha


Inequality in New Zealand

10% of New Zealanders own 52% of the wealth of the nation.

Why is the gap between the rich and the poor growing faster in New Zealand than in most developed countries? And why is that bad for all of us?

Inequality Features

Why do New Zealanders continue to vote for neo-liberal governments when it's clear that they benefit a few wealthy people at the expense of the many?

While travelling in the the Far North of New Zealand recently I met Rueben Porter who has come up with his own solution to New Zealand's  affordable housing problem - the Whare Uku or house made out of the Earth.

In late November I travelled to Kaitai to give my Quaker lecture on inequality. As I had some time available on the morning of the talk  I went to visit a housing project being run by He Korowai Trust and spoke with CEO Ricky Houghton.


Inequality Blog Posts

The issue we face today is how to achieve balance and fairness in our scoiety.The swing to the politics of individualism in the 80's and 90 's came as a result of some excessive demands by unions who previously had developed political clout t

A few months before he died this year, Nobel Prize Winning Economist Gary Becker wrote a blog in which he drew a distinction between Good Inequality and Bad Inequality. ( Becker was a Professor at the Chicago School of Econo

The Cost Of Stuff

In 1975 the average cost of a 26" Colour TV was $830 ($7950 in todays money) 
The average cost of a house was $24,000

Yesterday saw the  launch of the NZ First and Labour Party Election campaigns and with it some Wong and Right thinking.

Minimum Wage or Living Wage? What's the difference. The adult  Minimum Wage rate by law is $14.25 per hour.

The Living Wage , calculated by the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit in Feb 2013, is  $18.40 an hour.

For me, the test of whether an economic theory "works" is whether it delivers the greatest good for the greatest number of our citizens over the longest time. 

The above graph shows that hasn't been happening .

How important are the first 6 years in a child's life? Answer - vital.

I'm a baby boomer. One of the post war generation who grew up in in Christchurch.

"It is simply not true that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer" John Key told an Auckland Business Club last week and quoted some household income statistics to support his view. 

You can look at the Living Wage as a "Cost" of 2.5 Billion as John Key wants us to do (if we accept his figures for a moment) - OR you can look at it as as a 2.5 Billion BOOST to the economy.



Inequality News

I was stunned to learn we had won a Gold Medal at the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.

Who is Bryan Bruce?

Bryan Bruce is an award winning documentary maker, and best selling author. Born in Scotland in 1948, his family emigrated to New Zealand in 1956. He grew up in Christchurch and attended the University of Canterbury where he graduated with an M.A.[1] in Sociology and Philosophy and Christchurch Teacher’s College where he earned a Diploma in Teaching.

Bryan is best known for his work on 'The Investigator' documentary series, 'Inside Child Poverty' and 'Mind The Gap'.