How we can end the poverty gap within our lifetime

Poverty Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

How we can end the poverty gap within our lifetime

Oxfam's research earlier this year showed that New Zealand’s two richest men owned the same wealth as the poorest 30 percent. Executive director of Oxfam New Zealand Rachael Le Mesurier says the story of wealth inequality is a story of the super-rich, as new wealth created in each year continues to be concentrated among the already extremely wealthy. She says this is not a sign of success, but of economic failure, and outlines what we can do about it.

A day in the life

Established in Auckland in 1996, Link is New Zealand’s largest business brokerage and has grown rapidly to become the largest business brokerage firm in the world. Link currently has nearly 3000 businesses for sale in NZ and Australia with a combined value of $1.14 billion, and has sold over 600 businesses in the last year, with a combined value in excess of $300 million. In the last five years, LINK’s office locations have increased from 11 to 38, whilst broker numbers have increased from 72 to over 400. It now has offices in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the Philippines and the United States (including the largest business brokerage office in California). Here's how managing director Aaron Toresen manages his time.

Deep wisdom

Resilience is a skill, says Sarah Pearce - and one business leaders and anyone else can draw plenty of examples from in order to achieve their own success.


In light of recent boardroom challenges, investors in New Zealand are starting to show more interest in board composition and ensuring the companies they invest in have the breadth and depth of board skills to enable adequate oversight of the business now and in the future, says Board Dynamics' Henri Eliot.

Innovation Heroes

As part of the New Zealand Innovation Council’s new video series, Innovation Heroes - Show and Tell, which focuses on eight specific elements required to achieve successful business growth, some of Aotearoa’s best-known innovators share their stories of innovation and inspiration. This time we hear from Flick Electric Co.’s Steve O’Connor, NZ Innovation Council’s Louise Webster, and Pushpay’s Sarah Elder.