Over 250 people attended our event on Thursday 20 July at 4pm at Club Mt Maunganui. The panel of speakers gave their own perspectives on the issues which was followed by a lively question and answer session. Follow the conversation forward on the Carry on the conversation Closing the Gap Facebook page. Links below to all the material presented and performed.

Song composed and performed by Levi Williams:


Inequality explained

Robyn Malcolm – a letter from a solo parent

A social workers perspective – Social Worker Jena Young talks about the homelessness problem

A video that you may have missed at the  event. Created for Closing the Gap by Jayde Leedes, Scott Prestidge, Sam Wakerley supported by Ellen Romboutes and Otumoetai College – On the Street


Don Brash – download Don Brash‘s presentation – watch the video

Graham Bidois Cameron – watch Graham’s presentation

Jan Tinetti – watch Jan’s presentation

Peter Malcolm – watch Peter’s presentation

Max Rashbrooke statement – from Wellington following cancellation due to bad weather

Read Max Rashbrooke’s follow up response to Don Brash’s presentation


View the Question and Answer session and summaries here

Follow the conversation on these pages:

Carry on the conversation Closing the Gap Facebook page.


Other useful links –



Wilkinson, R and Pickett, K. (2009) The Spirit Level – Why Equality is better for everyone. Penguin Books: London

Rashbrooke, Max (2015). Wealth and New Zealand  by  Bridget Williams Books, Wellington

Rashbrooke, Max (ed) (2013) Inequality A New Zealand Crisis. by  Bridget Williams Books, Wellington

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CTG_Tauranga

Post event media release


Inequality Song was specially written and performed for this event by Levi Williams – LeviBeathen from Otumoetai College

The On the Street video was also specially researched, filmed and produced by the following Otumoetai College students: Jayde Leedes, Scott Prestidge and Sam Wakerley.