Inequality - Te Papa forum

September 13 & October 4, 2012

Dear all,
I’m writing to you because I think you share my concern over the growing income divides in New Zealand – which, as was revealed last week, are now the highest in recent history.
As you may know, I’m coordinating a major book on exactly this subject, to be published by Bridget Williams Books next year. As the first step in raising awareness of the issue and the book, I’ll be hosting two talks at Te Papa on inequality in coming months.
The first is a few weeks away, 6.30pm on Thursday, 13 September, and will be a thought-provoking introduction to and discussion of inequality in New Zealand, looking at why it poses such a great threat to our society, economy and collective well-being. More details here.
The second talk, on Thursday, 4 October, will look at ways that New Zealand could change course and create a fairer, stronger society that has smaller income gaps and makes greater use of everyone’s ability. More details to follow.
If you can’t make it on the 13th, but would like to submit a question to one of the speakers, or just show your support for the event, you can do so through the event’s Facebook page.
I’m also going to be writing regularly about inequality, and will be sending out a weekly email to keep people abreast of the debate and my progress on the book. Please encourage people to sign-up for these emails by directing them to
I think growing inequality is one of the greatest issues we face, and I hope you'll support me in trying to do something about it. Come to the talks, get in touch – and please do forward this around your networks as well.
All best,
Max Rashbrooke


Forums for the Future: Between Rich and Poor
Te Papa, Soundings Theatre
September 13, 6.30pm, Free entry

Forums for the Future: Between Rich and Poor
Te Papa, October 4
More details to follow


Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis will examine the explosion in the rich-poor divide during the last 30 years, its effects on our society, and how it might be reversed. [More]
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