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30 August 2016

6 - 8pm

Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Lecture Theatre OGGB4, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Until the mid-1980s New Zealand was considered one of the most egalitarian societies in the world. Over the past two decades this has changed dramatically. In 2015, the OECD highlighted inequality as one of the key risks facing the country.

Nowhere is this inequality more visible than in Auckland. For many people the growing income gap is one of the most pressing issues facing the city today.

In the first event of the Ballot Box Series, speakers with varied perspectives and unrivalled expertise in their fields will look at the issue of inequality in Auckland. They will discuss the extent of the issue, how the social and economic impact of inequality threatens the city’s future prospects, and what can be done.

Confirmed speakers

  • Shamubeel Eaqub: Independent economist, author and media commentator
  • Rangimarie Hunia: Chief Executive of Ngati Whatua Orakei's social development company, Whai Maia.
  • Associate Professor Susan St John: Co-director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland Business School and advisor to Child Poverty Action Group
  • Alan Johnson: Social policy analyst for The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit

About the Ballot Box Series

Auckland is undergoing a period of rapid transformation. And with the city projected to add a staggering 1 million people to its population by 2040, the pace of change is set to continue. Auckland is one of a handful of cities in the world that generate more than a third of their country's GDP. The well-being of Auckland and the rest of New Zealand are therefore inextricably linked.

The 2016 Local Elections offer an opportune time to reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing Auckland and provide a forum to discuss the key issues which will shape its future.

Bringing together preeminent thinkers, the Ballot Box Series will inform debate and challenge thinking. The Business School developed this public series, not to revisit the existing narrative around familiar issues, but to look beyond the three-year election cycle and encourage an informed conversation around some of the major challenges that lie ahead for New Zealand’s largest city. The series will consist of three separate events, each looking at an issue of critical importance to Auckland.

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