The wealth of New Zealand’s 150 richest people have grown by almost 20% in one year with the combined wealth of New Zealand’s richest burgeoning from $38.2 billion to $45.2 billion – the highest total ever.
But it seems enough is never enough. Having made their fortune, some of the Rich Listers are still demanding the ”freedom” to make even more money. They want reduction in costs for business and excessive regulation addressed. I take that to mean the usual : cut workers’ rights, privatise ACC, reduce taxes. This is despite New Zealand consistently ranking as having the highest levels of business “freedoms” in the world.
They talk about “wealth creation” as if they have done it all on their own, without the help of governments, taxpayers, workers and the generations gone before.
The NBR editor-in-chief Nevil Gibson even called the Rich Listers “national treasures” in the headline of his editorial about the Rich List.
For goodness sake. What have we come to?
I want to know where the poor list is.
Yes, we talk about the poor, (occasionally) but they are faceless individuals. If their stories are told, they are often blamed by the likes of John Key for having a “poor attitude”.
Being poor is nothing to celebrate, but we have to talk about it and face facts.
The question is how we better share wealth in New Zealand today.
Could the Rich Listers tell us their ideas for that – just for a change, rather than the continuing demand for more of the same that has led us to being one of the most unequal societies in the world.