I’m Max Rashbrooke, and I’m an author, academic and journalist, working in Wellington, New Zealand, with a particular interest in economic inequality and democratic renewal. I also write arts profiles and review concerts and books.
For publicity purposes, the following is my short bio:
Max Rashbrooke is an author, journalist and academic. He is the author of Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action, published by Bridget Williams Books (BWB) in September 2018. He is also the author of Wealth and New Zealand, and edited the best-selling Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, republished in updated form in late 2018, also by BWB. He is a senior associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and as a journalist has written for outlets in Britain and New Zealand including the Guardian, the National Business Review and Metro. He has twice been the recipient of the Bruce Jesson Senior Journalism Award, and was a 2015 Winston Churchill Fellow.
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Senior associate, IGPS
I am a senior associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, in the School of Government at Victoria University, Wellington. Most of my research has focused on income and wealth inequality, and open government. Recent academic publications include:
- Tim Hazledine and Max Rashbrooke, ‘The New Zealand rich list twenty years on‘, New Zealand Economic Papers, 2018, Vol 52, no 3.
- Max Rashbrooke, Bridges Both Ways: Transforming the Openness of New Zealand Government, IGPS working paper, June 2017.
- Geoff Rashbrooke, Max Rashbrooke and Wilma Molano, Wealth Disparities in New Zealand: Final report, IGPS working paper 17-02, March 2017; and
- Geoff Rashbrooke, Max Rashbrooke and Wilma Molano, Wealth Disparities in New Zealand: Preliminary Report Providing Updated Data from SOFIE, IGPS working paper 15-02, November 2015.
Renewal of government
My most recent publication is Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action, published by Bridget Williams Books (BWB) in September 2018. Details about it can be found here.
I have edited a major work, Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, published by Bridget Williams Books (BWB) in 2013 and shortly to be republished in updated form in late 2018. I have also written The Inequality Debate: an Introduction (2014) and Wealth and New Zealand (2015). The three books have generated widespread media coverage and helped foster a rapidly growing conversation about income inequality. I also maintain a resource site about inequality in New Zealand and write on the issue at The Good Society. Elsewhere I helped develop the highly popular Inequality Calculator, which allows individuals to see exactly where they stand on the income ladder relative to other New Zealanders. I was also the recipient of a 2015 Winston Churchill Fellowship to examine the UK debates around poverty and inequality. More details of my work on inequality can be found here.
As a journalist, I write for the Guardian and other international publications, as well as New Zealand media including the Herald, the NBR and Metro. I have twice been the recipient of the Bruce Jesson Senior Journalism Award, in 2011 and 2014. My arts reviews and profiles are written largely for Scoop, and I have previously reviewed for outlets including Time Out in the UK.
Public speaking and hosting
I am a frequent public speaker and host of panel sessions and debates, including sessions at the New Zealand Festival 2018. Other recent engagements include chairing a panel on ‘Tax is Love’ as part of the BWB Winter Series in November 2018. I am also a regular commentator on inequality and government reform in domestic and international media.
Declaration of interests
In my role as editor of Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, I have given talks to groups across the country. Organisations that I have worked with or given lectures to include:
- Z Energy
- First Union
- The New Zealand Institute for Economic Research
- Auckland Readers and Writers Festival
- The Aotearoa Non-Governmental Organisations Association (ANGOA)
- Closing the Gap
- The Wesleyan church, Wellington
- The Victoria University student leadership programme
In the past, I have carried out research contracts for organisations including the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, the Green Party, the Council of Trade Unions and the Equality Network. Separately, my work between March 2016 and March 2018 was funded by a grant from the Gama Foundation.
I am not a member, paid employee or office holder of any political party or campaigning organisation.