Books

Three key works on inequality in New Zealand have been published by Bridget Williams Books (BWB) in recent years. Inequality: A New Zealand CThe cover of the Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis bookrisis (2013) is a full-length discussion of the issue and acts as a reference work.

The Inequality Debate; A New Zealand Introduction (2014) is a shorter introduction to the issue, while Wealth and New Zealand (2015) looks at what’s happening at the wealthier end of the spectrum.

Edited by Max Rashbrooke, the chapters of Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis are written by some of New Zealand’s leading academics and commentators, and lay bare the startling facts about the country’s increased income imbalances.

The book also brings inequality to life with real-life stories of New Zealanders from business owners to beneficiaries.

The book can be purchased, in print or as an e-book, from bookshops or direct from BWB.

For those who want a shorter route into the issue, The Inequality Debate: A New Zealand Introduction contains all the key facts about income inequality in just a few dozen pages.

Inequality debate - an introduction coverWritten by Max Rashbrooke and based on the first two chapters of Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, it is a succinct summary for the busy reader.

Published in July 2014 and regularly updated since, it incorporates the very latest data on income inequality from the Ministry of Social Development.

The Inequality Debate is available both in print and as an e-book from BWB.

Salient magazine described the book as “slender yet well-researched”, adding that it “lays bare the global problem of income inequality, confirming that New Zealand is one of the OECD’s worst offenders. It makes for grim reading.The Inequality Debate is fascinating and horrifying. Published as part of Bridget Williams Books’ BWB Texts series, it’s so short that you’ve got no excuse.”

Finally, Wealth and New Zealand opens a new front in the inequality debate by looking at wealth – who owns what in this country – and how unequally that is divided.

Recent NBR Rich Wealth textLists have revealed very large increase in wealth for the upper echelons. But what do these figures mean and what else do we know about New Zealand’s fortunes? In this book, Max Rashbrooke examines how wealth shapes our experience.

Drawing on previously unpublished data, he explores what constitutes wealth in New Zealand – where, how and why it is held.

In doing so, Rashbrooke addresses how wealth has come to be so unevenly distributed, and why this imbalance is something we can no longer ignore.

Wealth and New Zealand is available from BWB.