Author Catton endorses Green Party vote


Booker prizewinning author Eleanor Catton, whose novel thrust the spotlight on goldrush Hokitika, has publicly backed the Green Party, saying she would be happy to be taxed more.
The Green Party said yesterday it would raise the top tax rate to generate close to $1 billion to tackle child poverty. Co-leader Metiria Turei said it was not about penalising the rich but sharing the benefits of wealth more fairly.
If the Greens got into government, they would want to create a new top tax rate of 40% for those earning above $140,000, Ms Turei announced at the party’s campaign launch in Auckland.
The launch was attended by The Luminaries author Catton, who urged people to give their party vote to the Greens. Catton said she was lucky to have grown up with a family who loved the outdoors and she believed that mining in national parks and deep-sea oil drilling were disasters waiting to happen.
“I want my children and my children’s children to be proud of the steps I took on their behalf to protect this country and what matters about it. That’s why I’m giving my party vote to the Greens.”
She also tweeted: “Last year I earned over $140,000. Happy to be taxed at 40% to give young Kiwis in poverty a chance.”