How we think about income gaps, and how we decide to address them, will do much to alter New Zealand’s levels of inequality in the years to come.

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. Max Rashbrooke’s succinct introduction to these changes in our society, drawn from the larger work Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis and updated with the latest evidence, is essential reading.

The Inequality Debate: A New Zealand Introduction was published in paperback on 11 March 2014, alongside BWB Texts from Kirsty Gunn, Maurice Gee and Paul Callaghan. It is also be available as an e-book.

Author information
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. He is editor of Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, a major book on the rising gap between rich and poor, published by Bridget Williams Books in June 2013.

Text from BWB Bridget Williams Books