Kieran Madden

Kieran Madden

Kieran Madden

About Kieran Madden

Research Manager

Kieran joined Maxim Institute as a researcher in 2012 after graduating with a Master of Public Policy from the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University.

Prior to this he worked as a researcher for an Australian Senator, following several years as a Project Manager for Hewlett Packard.

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Lessons from America

By Kieran Madden


While most of us have experienced holding our nose as we vote, our American friends are, as usual, taking it…

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Between risk and reality

Between risk and reality

By Kieran Madden


We use statistics to inform policy development and public discourse—it is a tool to better society. But like most tools,…

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Ka pai, Oranga Tamariki

By Kieran Madden


Contrary to the sticks and stones rhyme from our childhood, we all know that names can hurt. Names are not…

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Social insecurity

Social insecurity

By Kieran Madden


Humans deeply yearn for security. Safety, in both its physical and economic forms, is solidly perched just above physical survival…

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The Heart of Poverty Series #3: Uncovering the pathways in to and out of disadvantage in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


Around 10 to 15 percent of New Zealand families are stuck in persistent poverty that will keep them trapped there…

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Living Wage disputes

By Kieran Madden


Last week, the Government announced that the minimum wage will soon rise by 50 cents to $15.25/hour, higher than the…

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Social skills to pay the bills

By Kieran Madden


Modern workplaces are like preschool. Our schools and homes should be too. At preschool “children move from art projects to…

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An unrealistic opportunity for equality

By Kieran Madden


If we were looking for a value that everyone could get behind, surely equality of opportunity would be a hot…

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“Skyrocketing” rhetoric no good for struggling families

By Kieran Madden


Strong words were exchanged in Parliament and in the media following the release of MSD’s annual Household Incomes Report and…

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Making work pay in the UK

Making work pay in the UK

By Kieran Madden


The freshly-elected UK Conservative Government unveiled their first budget last week. Pointedly reminding those in the House of the sluggish…

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Is education the great equaliser?

By Kieran Madden


Last week, New Zealand got a glowing report card from the OECD for our economic performance and the policies set…

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The President, and the complicated truth

By Kieran Madden


The United States is known for its hyper-partisan, rhetoric-laden public debate.  From the Huffington Post to Fox News, the left-right…

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The making of resilient families

The making of resilient families

By Keiran Madden


While most of the stories behind families in poverty are tinged with despair, many are gilded with hope. Because poverty…

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What makes you poor?

What makes you poor?

By Kieran Madden


What does poverty look like in New Zealand? Who is poor? How did they get there? What’s keeping them there?…

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Family at the heart of social policy

Family at the heart of social policy

By Kieran Madden


It takes a family to raise a child. While the short-hand term “child poverty” is much easier to express than…

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The awkward reality about marriage and inequality

The awkward reality about marriage and inequality

By Keiran Madden


For richer, for poorer: an important vow, but not as risky as it might sound. Richer is much more likely. …

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What we learnt at the Maxim Institute poverty roundtable discussions

What we learnt at the Maxim Institute poverty roundtable discussions

By Kieran Madden


On his way back to the Beehive, Prime Minister John Key took the opportunity to signal that child poverty is…

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Talk is cheap

Talk is cheap

By Kieran Madden


Talk is cheap. This is particularly true at election time, where there is certainly no shortage of talk. There is…

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Prudence and grit

Prudence and grit

By Kieran Madden


What separates righteous anger from rioting mobs? What triggers the turn from peaceful protest against injustice, to looting and violence,…

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Minimum wage, minimal help

Minimum wage, minimal help

By Kieran Madden


With four in ten poor kids living in families where mum or dad is in work, raising the minimum wage…

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