Take the tax off food and have a consumption tax on luxury consumer items.
And don’t tell me a differential GST is too complicated to administer. The Australians, for example, operate a luxury car tax and a differential sales tax on food.
So it’s entirely possible.
Does it require more administration? Yes.
But then , government created jobs (eg. administrators) creates income for people who can support their families and whose spending stimulates the economy.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.