Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis

Bridget Williams Books
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 The divide between New Zealand’s poorest and wealthiest inhabitants has widened alarmingly over recent decades. Differences in income have grown faster than in most other developed countries.

New Zealand society is being reshaped, stretching to accommodate new distance between those who ‘have’ and those who ‘have not’. Income inequality is a crisis that affects us all.

A diverse gathering of New Zealand scholars, journalists, researchers, business leaders, workers, students and parents share these pages. Their voices speak to the complex shape of income inequality, and its effects on the communities of these Pacific islands.

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About the author

Max Rashbrooke is a Wellington journalist and author. He has written for national newspapers and magazines in New Zealand and the UK, including the Guardian, the Herald and the Listener. He was also the 2011 recipient of the Bruce Jesson Award. His current project is Inequality: a New Zealand Crisis, a major book on the rising gap between rich and poor, set down for publication in June 2013.

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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Jun 27, 2013
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Pages
296
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ISBN
9781927131510
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economic Conditions
Social Science / Social Classes
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