In highlighting the record exodus to Australia and the failures of the Key government to live up to its campaign promises, Claire Trevett wrote:
The Department of Statistics is usually a benign presence on the political landscape, but over the past few months it has entered National’s nightmares like the grim reaper.
Each month, the relentless tread of Statistics New Zealand’s updates on migration echo through Parliament, haunting National with the ghosts of campaigns past.
Here are some more statistics that shame this appalling National government:
NZ inequality at highest level
Wages dropped and inequality rose to its highest level ever in New Zealand last year, a Ministry of Social Development report shows.
The Household Incomes Report measuring the wellbeing of New Zealanders by their after-tax incomes has revealed a fall in average wages for the first time since the early 1990s.
It shows the gap between rich and poor widened substantially in 2011, putting inequality at its highest level ever.
Middle and lower class workers saw their incomes fall sharply, while wages rose for high earners.
Incomes for the richest New Zealanders – named as decile 10 earners – rose the most sharply.