I can count the number of times I’ve been to the cinema during my adult life on one hand. I couldn’t pass up a peak at Avatar and all its promised 3D glory. Then there have been a couple of times when I’ve been given or won tickets. But it’s not often I feel the urge to pay top-dollar to have kids kick the back of my seat, people eat loudly beside me, and teenagers talk right through the movie.
As in most developed countries, inequality has increased considerably in New Zealand since the early 1980s. The most rapid increase occurred in the late 1980s following the market reforms. The upward trend reversed slightly during the 2000s due to the redistributive policies of the fifth Labour Government, but it tipped up again between mid 2007 and mid 2009.