Kapi-Mana News : August 16th 2011
16 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 16, 2011 OPINION/NEWS • Visit our stores and receive FREE gifts throughout the year by buying selected Beer, RTD’s, Spirits or Wine • Receive AA Rewards throughout our stores • No Trade Sales • Specials valid whilst stocks last WITH 164 OUTLETS THROUGHOUT NZ The Liquor Centre Group NEW ZEALAND’S LARGEST LIQUOR CHAIN Specials valid until 31 August 2011. All specials may not be available in some stores. Above specials only available at Liquor Centre Stores detailed below: Russian Standard Vodka 1L +FREE miniature Codys 8% 18 pk Cans 250ml Speights/Waikato/Lion Red 24s $35.99 $19.99 Tui “Blonde” Lager $31.99 $23.99 Stella Artois/Stella Legere 12s $33.99 Famous Grouse 1L $35.99 $49.99 Jack Daniels 1L +FREE Glass Billy Maverick Cans 8% 12 pk 250ml $19.99 Corbans Homestead Range $9.99 Canterbury Cream $32.99 Chatelle Brandy 1L Woodstock 8% Cans 4 pk 440ml Wyndham Bin Series Jacobs Creek Sparkling $11.95 2 for $22 $11.50 or 2 for $22 $11.99 or Waitangirua L.C . 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The overall aim is to build ecosystems, promote biodiversity and increase soil and plant health, instead of relying on artificial fertilisers and poisonous sprays. On successful completion you will be awarded a Telford (a division of Lincoln University) Certificate in Organic Horticulture (Level 3). Course Start: Wednesday 29th August 2011 in Wellington* with registration evening. Course Cost $250.00 0800 475 455 www.agnz.co.nz CODE: A282 Level 4 Applied Organics (designed to build on our Go Organic Level 3 course) will also be starting in early September 2011. Course Start: Thursday 1st September 2011 in Paraparaumu with registration evening. Course Cost $300.00 * Courses also available in Lower Hutt and Paraparaumu Note: Minimum numbers for course to commence. Putting the focus on income inequality TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL Over time, income inequality tends to erode access to employment, education, health and many avenues of opportunity. Two years ago, the British researchers who wrote bestselling book The Spirit Level marshalled evidence from around the world to support their thesis that income inequality results in poor social outcomes. Earlier this month, evidence on the local situation emerged from a variety of sources. Not that the data was headline news exactly, even though the Social Development Ministry’s report on household incomes did include the startling observation that ‘‘New Zealand had one of the higher poverty rates in the OECD in 2008-09, for those aged 65-plus’’. Given the greying of our population as baby boomers begin to retire, one might expect that income inequality would occupy a key position on the election agenda this year. Not so far, though. In reality, New Zealand has precious little time left during 2011 to consider such matters. Only a few weeks remain before the country will become totally absorbed by the Rugby World Cup, and election day occurs barely a month after the cup final. In all likelihood, New Zealand’s levels of income inequality will largely remain of concern only to a handful of academics and policy wonks. The recent publication of the annual Rich List has offered one way of measuring wealth concen- tration in New Zealand. As Auckland business analyst Brian Gaynor pointed out, the 10 wealthiest New Zealanders owned wealth equal to 37.5 per cent of the total value of all companies listed on the New Zealand stock exchange at the end of June. In Australia, the comparable figure is only 4.1 per cent. Similarly, Gaynor went on, the 10 wealthiest New Zealanders own assets equal to 11 per cent of our GDP while again, the total assets of Australia’s 10 wealthiest individuals equal just over 4 per cent per cent of GDP. Some of this difference does reflect the relatively sorry state of the New Zealand stock exchange, and the fact that a bigger share of wealthy Australians invest in their buoyant share market. Instead, New Zealanders tend to get wealthy by property invest- ment, or by selling private busi- nesses, rather than via ongoing productive investments. In Parliament, the Ministry of Social Development’s household incomes report briefly became a political football. Prime Minister John Key welcomed the findings that the growth in income inequality had been slowing down in recent years – while in response, the Labour Opposition cited the same report’s findings that the Working For Families scheme was the main reason why the gap had narrowed, thanks to how the scheme had lifted the incomes of low to middle income families with children. If anything, any relief is likely to be temporary. Almost by accident, the global recession has briefly reduced income inequality by lowering the gains enjoyed by the top two tiers of wealth in New Zealand. Moreover, the Ministry of Social Development report didn’t include either the last round of tax cuts, or last year’s hike in GST, both of which seem likely to increase the gaps between rich and poor. No doubt, our rates of income inequality provide a revealing snapshot of New Zealand society. Yet in November, are voters likely to pass a damning verdict on the policies causing those disparities? Almost certainly not. ❚ Gordon Campbell is an experi- enced political journalist and columnist who has written for The Listener and Scoop. Pregnancy Help moves premises Demand for its service has led Pregnancy Help Greater Wellington to move from its old location in Cannons Creek to bigger premises in Tawa. The community group, which has been operating for almost five years, provides assistance and support to women who are or have recently been pregnant, as well as new- born baby clothes, nappies and bassinets. An increased client numbers required a bigger space, says co-ordinator Situila Mar- sters. After 12 months of looking, a premises at 139b Main Road, Tawa, was secured. It is now open each Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am till noon. The new phone number is 232 5740. Ms Marsters said they recently received a boost in the form of 20 bags of new baby clothes, donated by Samuel Marsden Collegi- ate School, who had held a mufti day to raise funds for the service.
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