Uncovering the pathways into and out of disadvantage in New Zealand

    Read the latest paper in our Heart of Poverty Series, by Kieran Madden. 

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    2015 Annual Sir John Graham Lecture 
    by Sir Pita Sharples


    Click here to watch the full address from Sir Pita Sharples

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    Maxim Institute's submission to the Health Select Committee

    Check out our submission to the Health Select Committee's inquiry into the ending of one's life in New Zealand, written by Research Fellow, Dr Jane Silloway Smith

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ARTICLE - DISCUSSION PAPER: The Heart of Poverty - uncovering the pathways in to and out of disadvantage in New Zealand

Around 10 to 15 percent of New Zealand families are stuck in persistent poverty that will keep them trapped there for years. Maxim Institute’s third report in its Heart of Poverty series focuses on the pathways leading those families into poverty, and what has been proven to help them walk out. + more

BLOG - Connecting communities with help

Housing is at the core of so much of the need in Lisa Woolley's community: if you don't have a secure and healthy home for your family, other problems are amplified by that stress. But a house isn't a cure-all; Lisa and her team see their housing as a safe place for the necessary next steps of ongoing social work to occur. Each family in their housing has a dedicated social worker responsible for getting to know that particular family, and figuring out what else they might need in order to thrive. + more

BLOG - Values and voting

So why are evangelicals voting for Trump? Actually, it turns out that they’re not, or at least not the way you’ve been told. Someone’s counted as an evangelical if they say they are, but that doesn’t distinguish between nominal and practising evangelicals. In fact, when "evangelicals" are limited to those who actually hold evangelical beliefs, or say they attend church frequently, they are less likely to vote for Trump. + more

BLOG - Minimum wage opportunities

Low wage jobs are squeezed out of the market as the minimum wage continues to increase. This is bad news for our job market, as many low wage jobs are crucial entry points for people who are just starting out. As a young man I delivered pamphlets, then newspapers, then progressed to work at the supermarket. I learned a lot. While I knew I was at the bottom of the wage ladder, I had been given a shot to learn about what it meant to be productive. + more

BLOG - Living Wage disputes

Last week, the Government announced that the minimum wage will soon rise by 50 cents to $15.25/hour, higher than the 25 cent rise predicted by most. Not to be outdone, an hour later the Living Wage campaigners increased their figure by 55 cents to $19.80/hour. Many have taken this opportunity to argue that the Living Wage should be the minimum wage. This would be a massive mistake. + more

BLOG - Disagreeing well

I remember listening to Justice Scalia giving a lecture at Auckland University when I was a shiny-eyed law student, and watching as my classmates flung themselves into verbal combat with him, somehow entertaining the remarkable idea that they would topple this giant of the common law world with an argument that he’d never even thought of before. Justice Scalia quickly eviscerated the opinions, but he left the students intact. + more

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