What you can do

26 April 2014

Help build a community of change

Change is happening in New Zealand and around the world as people realise the damage that high inequality is inflicting on us all. It is easy to say “It’s not my problem – only the government can fix this”, but each of us has a voice and has some degree of influence. Your conversations with friends and family, your letters and emails, where you work or volunteer, where you bank and save, the church, faith or community groups you belong to – these are the kinds of places where you have a chance to make a difference. Sign up to our regular Closer Together email update.

Connect with us on Facebook

Post your comments and ideas, questions and opinions, share pictures, videos and stories from things you are involved in that could help reduce inequality and bring us all closer together on our Facebook page or connect with us on Twitter @CloserTogether.

Tell people about inequality

Awareness about inequality is growing, but many people still do not know how big the gap is between rich and poor, how it got to be the way it is, the harm it is doing as well as what we can do about and the benefits that reducing inequality will bring. We’ve even come up 5 ways to talk about inequality…

Download and share posters, leaflets as well as other background info from our toolkit.

Write letters and emails

Politicians read their mail and email inbox. The more letters they receive asking them to take action to reduce inequality and poverty, the more likely they are to do something. Stuck for what to say? Check out our guide to writing to politicians. Letters to the editors of newspapers and magazines get published and read by thousands of people.

Your vote counts

Think about policies that address inequality when deciding how to vote. We’ll shortly be posting policies of the political parties that relate to inequality.

Your organisation

Ask your workplace, church, community group or association to get involved (check out What Your Organisation Can Do).

Are you willing to pay more tax?

Are you earning a good income?  Check out where you sit on New Zealand’s income ladder. Then ask yourself – am I willing to pay more tax? More tax income would help pay for a universal child benefit to lift kids out of poverty, for example.

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