Rich poor

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - JENS MEDER Pt Che­va­lier

Ac­cord­ing to the CPAG (Child Poverty Ac­tion Group), our wel­fare state is fail­ing in that child poverty and the need for ben­e­fits seem to be widen­ing in­stead of con­tract­ing in rel­a­tively pros­per­ous New Zealand.

Child poverty ex­ists be­cause of dys­func­tional, usu­ally have-not par­ent­hood, of which at least the have-not fac­tor can be sub­stan­tially re­duced through a sys­tem­atic ef­fort to­wards ‘own­er­ship democ­racy’, de­fined by a min­i­mal level of per­sonal wealth own­er­ship that all cit­i­zens even­tu­ally at­tain.

The widen­ing equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity and so­cial sta­tus through that might also help to­wards re­duc­ing dys­func­tional par­ent­hood.

Eco­nom­i­cally, an all-in­clu­sive ef­fort at wealth cre­ation has been ini­ti­ated al­ready through the Ki­wisaver scheme, and it would be easy to amend it into per­sonal own­er­ship by all.

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