Victoria University of Wellington’s Associate Professor Lisa Mariott talks about wealth tax – how it works and why we need it. Did you know 1% of the population holds a whopping 20% of the wealth of Aotearoa while the bottom 50% hold less than 1%.
Our top tax rate currently sits at 33% compared to UK and Australia where the rate is 45%. Let’s think about raising the top income tax rate, says Victoria University of Wellington’s Associate Professor Lisa Mariott. This would mean more resources to reinvest in social services – so all New Zealanders can prosper.
Kate Day from the Anglican Diocese of Wellington is asking politicians for a courageous vision in order to turn the housing crisis into a housing opportunity. We need to build genuinely affordable homes that stay in the hands of hard working New Zealanders.
Kate Day from the Anglican Diocese of Wellington looks at why housing has gone through the room – and why the Government needs to build more homes and crack down on property speculation.
Stories: August 8, 2017
Maddy is a single parent with a 10-month old baby. She is on the benefit and trying to find a house with cheaper rent so she can afford to feed her baby nutritious food and live in a warm, dry house. Read her story…
Mareta is a cleaner who is employed by the Government and is paid the minimum wage of $15.75 an hour, before tax. She works very hard and is fighting to be paid the Living Wage. Read her story…
Nathan is a solo dad with two kids. He went from earning $77,000 a year and owning his own home to losing everything – his house, his career and his wife. He is studying to try and better his future for his family, but works less than 20 hours a week and therefore can’t get the In-Work Tax Credit. Read his story…
Former refugee Ibrahim Omer worked as a cleaner, being paid the minimum wage. As soon as he got the Living Wage, he was able to reduce work hours and study. He has now graduated with a degree from Victoria University of Wellington.
Ann Simone is a mother who works as a cleaner. She came from Samoa in 2011 to find a better life, but found she was stuck in a job being paid the minimum wage as a cleaner, juggling day and night shifts with her husband in order to survive. Now she is being paid the Living Wage and can offer her family a better life.
Charmaine Reihana is a single mum of six children and earns the minimum wage. She works seven days a week night and day to make ends meet. Hear her story about why she is fighting to be paid the Living Wage.
Muriel Tunoho from the Hutt Union and Community Health Services sees people struggling every day on low wages, suffering from major health issues and living in poor housing. She says workers and families need higher incomes.
Pauline Horrill, a GP based in Wellington, is a spokesperson from Child Poverty Action Group, talks about one of her clients Sam who grew up in poverty, and how poverty affected his health.
Closing the Gap – The Income Inequality Project has also released a series of videos pertaining to income inequality. Here are three:
A social worker talks about homelessness and why we need to raise the benefit:
The Inequality Song:
A letter from a solo mum, read by actress Robyn Malcolm: