Organised by Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand
More equal societies work better for everyone
Newsletter 8th September 2011
- We have been incredibly encouraged by the support the project
is getting. Everyday there are new SIGN ONs and “likes” on the face book page, and this is without really promoting the project. Now it is time to get going and push the project.
We want everybody on our data base to e mail everybody on their address books etc, encouraging them visit our website and take part in our project by SIGNING ON, and then get those supporters to e mail all the people on their address books and so on. If everybody plays their part, this will enable us to eventually contact a very large number of New Zealanders, gain a huge amount of support and so make a difference. So please send an e mail/message to all those on your address book, facebook and twitter sites.
What follows is an example of an e mail that you might use altering it to suit your friends and circumstances. Or please feel free to write your own. The important thing is that you do.
Many of us have become very concerned about the social decay that seems to beset our country. Crime, child poverty and abuse, obesity, teenage pregnancy and suicide, dropping levels of trust, increasing medical conditions…New Zealandused to be a place that we were all proud of.
We once led the world in the development of a compassionate, caring society. We were foremost in the world in matters such as rights for women, care for the newly born through Plunket, Karitane Nurses etc, care for the aged, single mothers and the elderly, free access to health and dentistry and so on. Many of us can remember when a couple of murders a year were exceptional and as for locking our houses and cars…
There is strong evidence that income gaps, not absolute poverty but the difference between the rich and the poor, are a direct cause of many of our social ills, This research has been gathered together and conclusions drawn in a recent book “The Spirit Level” by British epidemiologists Wilkinson and Pickett. ForNew Zealand, over recent times, particularly over the last 25 years, our income gaps have exploded and as a consequence our social ills have become significantly worse.
We, Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand, a not-for-profit, secular and non political organization want to do something about this. We, an NGO, are a group of ordinary New Zealanders of all ages, careers and political persuasions who are worried about the future of our country for our children and our grandchildren. So we have started a project called “Closing the Gap” an effort to reduce the income gaps of all New Zealanders. Go to our website www.closingthegap.org.nz, and learn more about this incredibly important issue and support the project by SIGNING ON.
If you are prepared to support this project, please send this e mail/message, appropriately amended, or one of your own to all the people on your address book, facebook and twitter sites with the same messages, asking them to support the project and pass it on. Hopefully this is a way in which we can eventually contact most New Zealanders and make a difference for us all.
More equal societies work better for everyone
Organised by Income Equality AotearoaNew Zealand
2.We hope you are visiting the website on a regular basis. There are new opinion pieces, research articles, the YouTube Video of Guyon Espiner’s interview of Richard Wilkinson on TVNZ’s Q & A (see More Info TVNZ link) and links to the latest Among Equals, the newsletter from the Equality Trust UK and links to the NZCCSS Closer together Policy Watch newsletter and their Newsletter Kete Kupu (see the Blog links).
3. Incorporation. We now have all the signatures required and are in the process of submitting our application for this status.
4. Publicity. Hardly a day goes by without some reference in the media to income gaps and social ills. We certainly feel that the time is right to really push this issue. Please contribute. Talk to your friends and colleagues, write letters to the media, respond to opinion pieces, use the model presentation on our website (More Info Model Presentation) to talk to your group, service club etc. We are about gaining enough support to persuade all or at least most politicians that “more equal societies are better for all” to the extent that they actually seriously do something about it and the way to do this is to give the issue as much publicity as we can. If we do then we are sure that people will support us and SIGN ON.
Keep up the good work. More equal societies are better for all
Nick and Peter