Author(s): Michael Mence
"New Zealand didn¹t used to need opportunity shops. New Zealand itself was a real opportunity shop."
After a 30-year absence Michael Mence returned to New Zealand in the 1990s. He was shocked by changes: the disappearance of the almost classless society and the disparity in distribution of wealth.
This book is a poignant account of growing up in New Zealand. It depicts the lost ethos of our society and the opportunities it used to offer young New Zealanders. Mence questions how New Zealand has changed. He reflects on the characteristics of a forward-looking society and challenges New Zealand to reshape its future. Michael Mence grew up in New Zealand. After completing his university education he went to Europe, not returning for thirty years.