As part of my book on inequality in New Zealand, I’ve set up a couple of Thursday night talks at Te Papa. The first one, on Sept 13th, is a free, open-invite event for anyone who’s worried about the increasing gap between rich and poor in New Zealand. More details below. Another talk in October will look at how to tackle the problem.
Forums for the future: Between Rich and Poor
September 13, 2012 Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, 6.30-8pm
New Zealand has had the biggest increase in the gap between rich and poor of any developed country. But what does that mean – and why should we worry about it? Come and hear three top speakers discuss the serious and urgent threat that widening inequality poses to New Zealand personally, socially and economically.
• Stephanie McIntyre, director, Downtown Community Ministry – sharing real-life stories of how inequality affects people’s lives
• Philippa Howden-Chapman, pioneering health researcher – on the evidence linking inequality with poor health, bad housing and other social problems
• Colin James, political columnist – on how to think differently about inequalities and their place in society and the economy