The Big Kahuna Launch – Turning Tax and Welfare in New Zealand on its Head

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The Big Kahuna by Gareth MorganTurning Tax and Welfare in New Zealand on its Head

New Zealand’s tax and welfare policies are a mess. Could the solution be abolishing the current welfare system and radically overhauling the tax system?

Is this feasible? Is it desirable?

Gareth Morgan puts some radical changes to tax and welfare on the table at the launch of his new book, The Big Kahuna—turning tax and welfare in New Zealand on its head.


Watch Gareth’s presentation

Part One – The Big Kahuna Intro

Part Two – Tax in Civil Society

Part Three – Origins of Redistribution

Part Four – Where did we Lose the Plot

Part Five – Modernist Approach to Transfers

Part Six – 5 Principles of Redistribution Regimes

Part Seven – An Inalienable Right to Dignified Life

Part Eight – The Comprehansive Capital Tax

Part Nine – Inequity Graphs

Part Ten – Our Proposal

Part Eleven – Who Gets Slammed the Hardest?

Part Twelve – Why the Need for a Revolution?

Part Thirteen – Is the Big Kahuna Respectable?

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The Big Kahuna Launch – Turning Tax and Welfare in New Zealand on its Head was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by Gareth Morgan
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Gareth Morgan

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Gareth Morgan is a New Zealand economist and commentator on public policy who in previous lives has been in business as an economic consultant, funds manager, and professional company director. He is also a motorcycle adventurer and philanthropist. Gareth and his wife Joanne have a charitable foundation, the Morgan Foundation, which has three main stands of philanthropic endeavour – public interest research, conservation and social investment.