Friday, October 04, 2013

Blog 4: Inequality in New Zealand

According to journalist Max Rashbrooke New Zealand's social inequality has one of the biggest gaps of all countries. The shared gross domestic product is only higher than four other countries: Turkey, Mexico, Luxembourg, and Slovakia. Half of the population earns less than $24, 000 a year. As production increased wages stayed the same for the lower/working class, some workers don't even receive pay every month. In a college study students found that about 34, 000 people are homeless and more than half are under the age of 25 and a quarter of that are children. Even though they are homeless some still find the time to study and work, some full time. Meanwhile, according to the National Business Review 2013 “Rich List,” said that the “rich continue to get richer.”The total net worth of list members is over $NZ47.8 billion, which is an enormous increase of $3.5 billion on last year. If the billionaires of New Zealand were included then it would be $60.4 billion, which would set a record. 

Just like other countries use the lower class/lower working class to make the resources that the richer countries need and sell for more than double of what they pay for, New Zealand falls in line. They take advantage of the poor because they know they don't really have a choice if they want to provide for their family. Working long hours and only getting paid if even a dollar a day. While the rich are getting richer, the poor are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table for their families. It's not fair but its nothing that could really be done to keep it from happening, basically thats how the world is ran smoothly so each country can have what they need.

Tyera Fisher

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