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About Closing the Gap

Our Organisation

Closing the Gap is a non-profit organisation that advocates for a more just and cohesive society, with a focus on income and wealth inequality.

The founders of Closing the Gap - The Income Equality Project, were inspired by the 2009 book The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better  [Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett] which uses data to show that inequality is bad for everyone.


Today, Closing the Gap is part of a nationwide conversation on the importance of greater equality and a fairer system that works for all New Zealanders.  

Our volunteer team is passionate about creating a more equitable world for all. We believe that.....

"If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”

Our Vision

What kind of country do we want to live in? 

  • a socially just, inclusive society where everybody thrives

What are some of the changes we want to see?

  • A reduction of income and wealth inequality to levels at least comparable to countries such as Denmark

  • A tax system that generations more income for public goods, more fairly

  • Employment laws that contribute to secure working conditions and worker wellbeing

  • At least a living wage for all – including a sufficient social wage  

  • Remuneration that more accurately reflects individual contribution, acknowledging the importance of public good over private incentives

  • Equitable access to high-quality, well-resourced public services – ‘The Commons’ – health, education, and beyond

The Spirit Level - why inequality is bad for us all

Richard Wilkinson, co-author of highly acclaimed book The Spirit Level, uses data to show how the well-being of a country's citizens has more to do with its level of inequality than with its GDP

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