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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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parliament new zealand goverment

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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growth

Beyond the “Growth Mindset” hype

By Kieran Madden

In just over a decade, “Growth Mindset” has graduated from an exciting theory to accepted wisdom in classrooms across the world. But when it comes to actually changing mindsets in the classroom, the hype is way ahead of the evidence.

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cricket leadership

Black Caps offer leadership lessons even in loss

By Alex Penk

Big moments reveal who we really are, and they don’t come much bigger than a World Cup final, especially when you’ve lost in controversial circumstances.

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Don’t turn away

By Kieran Madden

“Our noses were almost touching…we were breathing the same air.” These are the words of Marcia Khoza, whose mother was…

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public private partnership

The pitfalls and priorities of Public Private Partnerships

By Julian Wood

New Zealand has a long and contentious history of private public partnerships (or PPPs). The biggest argument in favour of…

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Weaving together: Aroha as capacity and work

Weaving together: Aroha as capacity and work

By Guest Author

Susan Wardell is the winner of the 2019 Maxim Essay Competition. On the 15th March 2019, fifty lives were violently…

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tree sunset end of life choice bill

Future of End of Life Choice Bill more murky than ever

By Danielle van Dalen

The End of Life Choice Bill passed its Second Reading in Parliament last week with 70 votes in favour and…

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climate change poster future

We can’t afford to sleep on climate risks any longer

By Julian Wood

The story of Rip Van Winkle, first published 200 years ago, resonates deeply with me. I too feel like I…

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Standing in line, vote, referendum

Referendums are not the pinnacle of democracy

By Alex Penk

If the most recent polls are right, the cannabis referendum won’t pass. Some will be pleased with this, others frustrated,…

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