BRYCE EDWARDS’ Political Roundup: New Zealand’s social cohesion is being torn apart

Dr Bryce Edwards writes – 

New Zealand is becoming a less socially cohesive country. And the driver of this division is worsening inequality. That’s the view of most New Zealanders according to a survey conducted for the New Zealand Herald. It shows that inequalities of wealth and housing access are tearing the country apart.
 
The survey of 1000 people run by research company Dynata in late November showed that 64 per cent of the public thought that New Zealand society is becoming more divided. Only 16 per cent thought NZ has become more united in the last few years.
 
This survey backs up an earlier one carried out in January by Curia Research in which a large majority of 72 per cent said that we are more divided, with only 10 per cent believing we are less divided.
 
The cause of disunity: inequality
 
It is the unequal distribution of wealth that most New Zealanders believe is at the heart of this decline. According to the Herald’s survey, 74 per cent believe that wealth inequality is pushing us apart. In addition, when asked if “Our distribution of wealth is fair and good for the country”, 46 per cent disagreed and only 24 per cent agreed. Continue reading “BRYCE EDWARDS’ Political Roundup: New Zealand’s social cohesion is being torn apart”

A new trough is set up to foster social cohesion – but we aren’t told the cost of the swill or what we must do to slurp some

Buzz from the Beehive

Another initiative which stems from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch mosque attacks in 2019 was announced today in a statement strong on extolling the virtues of social cohesion but sparse on detailing what we can expect to happen.

Nor was there any mention of the amount of money involved.

Associate Social Development Minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan said the Government

… is supporting more opportunities for communities to come together and build on the values we share, strengthening New Zealand’s social cohesion.

She proceeded to declare that Te Korowai Whetū Social Cohesion has been released today,

… including a community fund supporting initiatives that bring out the best of our communities.

Splendid.  But how much money has been tossed into this fund and who will decide the worthiness of initiatives that bring out the best of our communities?

Radhakrishnan’s press release can be found on the Beehive website along with news that our hard-working ministers have been … Continue reading “A new trough is set up to foster social cohesion – but we aren’t told the cost of the swill or what we must do to slurp some”