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Work = Wellbeing

By Danielle van Dalen

“Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This cliché was printed on a…

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Budget reveals Wellbeing will cost more than Rules allow

By Julian Wood

The figures announced in last week’s Wellbeing Budget stretches the Government’s self-imposed Budget Responsibility Rules (keeping the level of net…

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Government needs to give answers on “wellbeing”

By Alex Penk

This week the Government will unveil the first-ever Wellbeing Budget, somewhat breathlessly described by the New York Times as “New…

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Creating poverty-busting opportunites that work for people with disabilities

By Alex Penk

by Alex Penk and Danielle van Dalen This week there’s been a lot of coverage about employment opportunities for people…

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Creating better opportunities for work

By Danielle van Dalen

New Zealand is in the middle of a national conversation on poverty, and yet, despite being over-represented in the poverty…

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The “yeah, nah” government

By Kieran Madden

That gutting feeling of unfulfilled expectations is hard to shake, and the bigger the promise, the bigger the disappointment. The…

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Making New Zealand “sexy”

By Julian Wood

In contrast with our apparently “sexy” accent, New Zealand is struggling when it comes to being attractive as a long-term…

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Raising resilient children through healthy relationships

By Kieran Madden

When we hear of the overwhelming, and often heart-breaking challenges that some families face it can be easy to feel…

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Life and death consequences of shoddy legislation

By Danielle van Dalen

Now that the Justice Select Committee have reported back to Parliament on the End of Life Choice Bill, our MPs…

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Hate-speech review risks being too hasty

By Alex Penk

The Justice Minister put the cart before the horse when he spoke about hate speech recently. In the shadow of…

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Offering the best of “real” New Zealand

By Julian Wood

We’ve been rightly proud of our country’s unity in response to the Christchurch mosque attacks. But in the weeks following…

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This is our home

By Kieran Madden

Vibrant flowers gild the gates of the Christchurch mosques, each bouquet laid with trembling hands, representing a beautiful solidarity amidst…

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Keeping an eye on transparency

By Danielle van Dalen

“Constant vigilance!” I’m finding that Professor Mad-Eye Moody’s childhood encouragement to be ever watchful still applies now to the way…

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Countering our fear of dying

By Alex Penk

Last week, I was struck by the fear of dying. Not my own, mind you. I was chairing a panel…

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Now is the time to take our changing future seriously

By Kieran Madden

The Government is dead-set on improving “wellbeing” as the mark of their leadership, and “long-term intergenerational wellbeing” in particular. This…

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Think Big 2.0: The Provincial Growth Fund risks turning into a fiasco

By Alex Penk

This article was written by Alex Penk and Julian Wood, and first published on The Spinoff on 26 February, on…

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Making the Provincial Growth Fund a risk worth taking

By Julian Wood

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) represents a once in a generation opportunity to support a sustainable future for New Zealand’s…

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Vocational surgery required

By Kieran Madden

Our vocational educational system is on life support— haemorrhaging badly in desperate need of surgery. Four of New Zealand’s sixteen…

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The status of our own history

By Danielle van Dalen

While many of us are raised with storybook histories of pharaohs, kings, queens, and notable events from all over the…

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Make the change, don’t keep the change

By Jeremy Vargo

Quick question. If a checkout operator gives you too much money back in change, do you tell them and give…

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