Changing the Story
    How to address poverty now and prevent it in the future


    Full video is now available from our Wellington expert panel discussion. This conversation offers an opportunity to consider what’s being done, and what could be done to change the stories of hardship that are lived out by too many New Zealanders.

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    Delivered by Professor John Hattie


    On Friday, 5 August Professor John Hattie delivered the 2016 Sir John Graham Lecture: Achieving Change - using evidence to empower educators and help students succeed
    Watch the full video of his address and Q+A session. 

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    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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ARTICLE - SUBMISSION: Maxim Institute's submission to the Health Select Committee

Since late 2013, Maxim Institute has undertaken a stream of research into the legal and policy arguments regarding euthanasia and the international experience of legalised assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. This submission provides responses to numbers three and four of the Health Select Committee’s Terms of Reference for their inquiry into the ending of one's life in New Zealand. + more

BLOG - Not helping harms us

In “[m]edieval and earlier times beggars were considered a normal part of the community.” Beggars “reminded people of the possibility of random misfortune” and giving alms to assist them was seen as a duty. It wasn’t until after the black plague, the rise of capitalism and the industrial revolution that “beggars were no longer viewed as normal, but [as] threats to the social order and national prosperity.” Alongside wages and prosperity for many, blame, shame, and division crept into our thinking about societal and economic norms. + more

BLOG - Posturing doesn't help those facing poverty

“I know that’s not PC, but you know, that’s me,” said Judith Collins last week as she commented on child poverty at a police conference. Cue Metiria Turei, co-leader of the Greens, who alleged that Collins was displaying “deepest ignorance” and making “a foolish statement” because Collins reportedly had said that child poverty is “primarily” due to “a lack of [parental] responsibility.” + more

BLOG - Of revolution and reaction

Right and left don’t seem to make much sense of the world anymore. Perhaps, as New York Times columnist David Brooks writes, the ideas of revolution and reaction better describe today’s political climate. Are we currently in the “Age of Reaction,” as Brooks contends? + more

  • "Congratulations on your work – another significant waka joining the fleet in search of freedom, social justice and compassion. Your contribution is highly valued, and your opinions eagerly sought. We may never agree on how one defines justice – even Plato struggled with that – but I know we agree on what it isn’t. May your unique perspective and leveling influence contribute to the social justice debate for many years to come."

    - Kim Workman QSO - Families Commissioner, Director of Rethinking Crime and Punishment