Just-released pre-pandemic stats show that rises in disposable income have been matched by skyrocketing housing costs.
Encouraging 'interventions' without addressing issues of poverty is a bit like trying to prop up a crumbling brick wall with a piece of four-by-two.
Despite the bitter disappointment of those who backed capital gains tax for a win, it's not the only horse in the wealth tax race. Max Rashbrooke studies the form guide.
The UBI has been the hottest new idea of recent years, but Max Rashbrooke reckons it doesn't add up, and there's another, stronger option
Prime Minister Bill English made an unexpected commitment last night to cut the number of kids living in poverty by 50,000 over the next three years, and another 50,000 in the three years following. What exactly does he mean by that, asks Max Rashbrooke – and could his plan ever even work?
What's the best response to the threat to political norms – and, some say, to democracy itself – posed by President Donald Trump? According to the NZ-born, New York-based political philosopher Jeremy Waldron, it's civility, reason and restraint. Max Rashbrooke talked to him during a recent visit back home.
It is well-known that poverty and inequality have soared under National. Well-known – and unsupported by the evidence, writes Max Rashbrooke
New Zealand's greatest reality show doesn't only offer a window into the lives of the rich and shameless, says Max Rashbrooke. It's also a perfect distillation of how the country's wealth is increasingly being concentrated at the top.
Discussion around inequality tends to have been dominated by what people earned. Now the debate is turning to the question of wealth, writes Max Rashbrooke.