August 08, 2017
Ardern elevation brings new mood to debate
Former Labour cabinet minister John Tamihere says the election of Jacinda Ardern as the party’s leader is a chance for generational change in the country
The Waipareira Trust chief executive was at the Auckland Viaduct on Sunday to see Ms Ardern’s first major policy launch, a transport announcement that drew 400 people.
He says there’s a new mood about, as can be seen from the response to politicians like Bernie Sanders in the United States and Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom.
"It’s now okay to start to talk about taxing the rich to look after the poor. It's now okay to have a new conversation that we always wanted to say how can 10 per cent of New Zealand's population control 60 per cent of it's wealth? Never before in the history of New Zealand has there been such a huge wealth gap and disparity," he says.
John Tamihere says Maori continue to be on the wrong side of the wealth gap, with 30 percent of beneficiaries and 43 percent of those in the queue for a state house being Maori.
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