This table shows the proportion of disposable income held by all households in 1982 and 1996. It suggests that the bottom half of all households had considerably less of the disposable income in 1996 than 14 years before (31.1% as compared with 27.8%). Conversely, the top 10% of households saw their share of the disposable income rise from about a fifth to over a quarter.
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Source: Statistics New Zealand Household Survey