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What are the conditions that will make New Zealand the kind of nation we want to pass on to our children? We regularly research and provide commentary on timely issues that we believe must be addressed to ensure a sustainable future for our families, our communities, and our way of life.

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The little things that can change us

By Alex Penk


Last weekend, my daughter was shrieking in my ear with a mixture of delight and fear as we skimmed across…

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On Common Ground

By Kieran Madden


Illustrations by Anieszka Banks “I could have hit him, I could have hurt him…but something in me said, you know…

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Takeaway Coffee

Convenience culture needs to die

By Guest Author


About two years ago, I made the decision to refuse takeaway coffee cups. As part of reducing the unnecessary waste…

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Generational perspective necessary to do policy well

By Kieran Madden


Our view of human nature makes a big difference on which policies we devise and support. “If men were angels,…

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Getting serious about loneliness

By Danielle van Dalen


As Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera sang: “Nobody wants to be lonely.” But loneliness is more than just missing spending…

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TOP goes for a walk

By Alex Penk


Gareth Morgan has a point. I know this may be an unpopular view, but hear me out. Last week Morgan…

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Booming cities, struggling nations

By Kieran Madden


As a football tragic, I’ve been watching many of the World Cup games at ungodly hours these past few weeks….

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The age of misinformation

By Kieran Madden


“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?” lamented the poet T.S. Eliot. “Where is the knowledge we have…

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End of Life Choice Bill contains flaws that are impossible to fix

By Alex Penk


This column was published in Fairfax newspapers on Wednesday 20 June 2018 and on stuff.co.nz Parliament has started hearing submissions…

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When AI goes wrong

By Alex Penk


  You may have heard that the robots are coming to take our jobs, thanks to artificial intelligence. But a…

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Curing and caring

By Guest Author


“It has become taboo to mention dying,” says Kathryn Mannix, a leading palliative care specialist from the UK. I know…

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“Stay woke”

By Alex Penk


In a recent video, Barack Obama warned voters about “fake news,” telling us “to be more vigilant with what we…

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New Zealanders in harm’s way


While we may not have poisonous snakes and spiders in New Zealand, the risks of our natural surroundings are becoming…

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Algorithms no substitute for people

By Danielle van Dalen


The cracks are starting to show on the fancy computer algorithms we rely so heavily upon these days. The recent…

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turning point decision

The end of individualism?

By Kieran Madden


In the early nineties, political theorist Francis Fukuyama famously proclaimed the “End of History” was upon us-that western liberal democracy…

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Why civility should be key in politics

By Alex Penk


Check out Alex’s latest column on stuff.co.nz, originally printed in The Press. When Bill English resigned from Parliament, he prompted…

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Changing the way we educate

By Danielle van Dalen


Nelson Mandela is credited with saying: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” It…

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New Zealanders need to inspect details of End of Life Choice Bill

By Alex Penk


MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday, 14 December 2017 With the End of Life Choice Bill now voted through to Select Committee stage,…

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We deserve the whole story on euthanasia laws

By Danielle van Dalen


Like New Zealand, some of our neighbours across the ditch have recently been debating whether to legalise euthanasia and assisted…

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Cigarettes becoming too hot to handle for dairies

By Julian Wood


Cigarettes, while not worth their weight in gold, are now worth one and a half times their weight in silver,…

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