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Closing The Gap - Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc is a national volunteer organisation trying to tackle income and wealth inequality and the social problems that inequality causes. We want a fairer and more equal New Zealand, for all.
New Zealand has one of the highest levels of income and wealth inequality in the OECD. We also have some of the highest levels of social problems of the world’s developed countries. Thee cohesiveness of our society is deteriorating and our economy could improve. Our social problems include crime, incarceration, poverty, domestic abuse, poor levels of educational achievement for those at the bottom, obesity, suicide, teenage pregnancy, poor social mobility and other health issues. The causal relationship between inequality and these other issues is well established. Inequality is damaging for us all, not just those at the bottom.
Our aim is to raise public awareness of the benefits of a more equal society, and to make our leaders and politicians take note. We have a large number of supporters, and a government who are sympathetic to our goals. But we need to keep government accountable. There is a lot that needs to be done. He waka eke noa (a canoe on which everyone may embark).
In "The Spirit Level," British social epidemiologist, Richard Wilkinson, charts data that proves societies that are more equal are healthier, happier societies.