The gap between rich and poor has widened further in New Zealand - and in Sweden - than in any other developed countries in the past 25 years.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says the income gap widened in 17 out of 22 developed countries between the mid-1980s and the late 2000s, and has widened further in most countries during the past three years of recession.
However, in New Zealand the gap widened mainly between about 1988 and 1996 and has since stabilised at slightly above the OECD average.
In contrast, the gap has widened almost continuously in Sweden over the past 25 years, but only from the smallest gap in 1985 to the fourth-smallest in 2008.
NZ rich-poor gap widens faster than rest of world - National - NZ Herald News