Matt Nolan at TVHE fisks Rob Salmond over his claims to be revealing the truth about income inequality in NZ. he points out numerous flaws, including how his figures are not per capita, so as more population enter the highest income band, this exaggerates income growth. Nolan also makes the point:
We have seen median income growth outstrip mean income growth in NZ for a long period of time, implying that static inequality has come down a little bit.
“Kids don’t leave their lives at the school gate. When kids go to school hungry and one in five doesn’t even own two pairs of shoes, we can’t expect them to achieve.
I’ve looked long and hard for a source for this claim, but can’t find one. Can anyone find one?
What I could find was the latest NZ Living Standards Report which does ask if everyone in a household has two pairs of good or sturdy shoes. And 92% said they did, and only 5% said they did not because they couldn’t afford it.
Now 20% is four times greater than 5%, so that is some exaggeration.