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Foreign donations small fry compared to Govt spending

By Alex Penk

“Pecunia non olet,” or, for non-latin speakers: money doesn’t stink. It’s been a truism ever since the Roman Emperor Vespasian…

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Beware the cult of youth

By Danielle van Dalen

To get a vision of what society values, take a look at a magazine stand. Looking across the cover images…

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Policy for the people, with the people

By Kieran Madden

While reading about a promising new policy initiative by a bright-eyed non-profit organisation, I did a double-take when I read…

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Good migration policy is about more than just jobs

By Julian Wood

Recent political posturing over partnership visas and arranged marriages is a troubling distraction that derails the real, necessary debates we…

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FLINT & STEEL WEBSITE LAUNCH

By Maxim Institute

We are so excited to be launching our Flint & Steel website. We have made all articles from volume one…

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Government should not allow further overreach from Court

By Alex Penk

The Opposition just rolled out the usual tough-on-crime rhetoric disconnected from evidenced-based solutions, announcing that it’s “time to smash the…

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Euthanasia too great a risk for people with disabilities

By Danielle van Dalen

With a final amended version of the End of Life Choice Bill expected to be voted on next month, potentially…

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“Random” answers for poverty prove Nobel-worthy

By Kieran Madden

Far too often, debates on topics that really matter are mired in oversimplification at best, and stagnate in sloganeering at…

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local election, community, maxim institute

Participate in, don’t just consume community

By Danielle van Dalen

Every time the local elections roll around I read through that little booklet of candidates and find it difficult to…

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Naked politics blocks decent policy-making

By Alex Penk

There’s been a lot of cynicism about the Provincial Growth Fund, and last week Minister Shane Jones went a long…

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census, people, black and white, new zealand, maxim institute

Census success needs all of us

By Danielle van Dalen

Imagine if you could influence funding for the healthcare you receive, or for the schools your children attend, with just…

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Review our reliance on temporary workers

By Julian Wood

New Zealanders are heavy users of temporary work migration, so it was disappointing that no-one seriously discussed this last week…

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Choices, consequences, and euthanasia

By Alex Penk

“You see, the reality is that for every choice, there is a consequence.” As the End of Life Choice Bill…

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kiwibuild, new zealand, streets,homes

The failure of audacious goals

By Kieran Madden

“Goals are for losers.” I wouldn’t put it quite as provocatively as cartoonist Scott Adams did in his book How…

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Checking our climate blind spots

By Julian Wood

When it comes to emissions it is easy for us to obsess about factories and farmers as if these activities…

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Avoiding the election budget “black holes”

By Kieran Madden

In April this year, astrophysicists did the seemingly impossible and took a photo of a black hole. The black hole…

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Removing rage from our public debates

By Alex Penk

Rage against the machine. Stick it to the man. If you’re not for us, you’re against us. They’re familiar sayings,…

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The Art of Disagreeing Agreeably

By Kieran Madden

Illustrations by Anieszka Banks When engaging with someone you disagree with, own the fact that it could get awkward. New Zealanders…

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economic downturn, economy, treasury, new zealand

Preparing for economic downturn

By Julian Wood

There’s been a lot of recent chat about a possible economic downturn, and many seem to be living under the…

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Adult classes, class, writing

“Adulting” is only hard without community

By Danielle van Dalen

Growing up can be tough. But last month the British Government took cushioning the blow to new extremes when they…

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