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How ready are we for “shovel-ready” projects?

By Julian Wood

As the numbers of people made redundant as a result of COVID-19 rises there is ever increasing pressure on the…

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Taking responsibility

By Kieran Madden

Before a momentous mission launching two NASA astronauts into orbit from Cape Canaveral in May this year, tech entrepreneur Elon…

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Book Club | The Decadent Society

A society that generates a lot of bad movies need not be decadent; a society that just makes the same…

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Youth and the whānaungatanga of work

By Rowan Light

How we do help young people who are “off the grid” and have lost connection with the world of work?…

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A truly conservative approach to statues, history, and memory

By Rowan Light

The decision by the Hamilton City Council to remove a statue of its namesake feels like the crest of a…

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Government should save jobs by “plugging gaps” in council budgets

By Julian Wood

Auckland Council is forecasting a $525 million dollar hole in its budget as a result of COVID-19. It’s not alone….

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After lockdown, an opportunity for our elderly people

By Danielle van Dalen

It’s not very often that elderly New Zealanders attract our attention, but COVID-19 has seen the plight of some of…

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Winning the recovery for our young people

By Rowan Light

The government’s recent welfare package provides an important 12-week bridge for New Zealanders who find themselves suddenly out of work…

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Keeping the “forgotten sector” together

By Kieran Madden

My two-year old daughter hasn’t quite worked out that some things cannot be fixed or brought back to life, no…

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COVID-19 economic analysis – 20.05.2020

By Julian Wood

The following is an overview and commentary on economic information available from Treasury, the Reserve Bank, and the Government’s 2020/21…

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Invest in people alongside new infrastructure

By Julian Wood

The euphoria we are all feeling after entering Level 2 will be tempered by the pain of pay cuts and…

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Covid-19, media and democracy

By Danielle van Dalen

It’s easy to complain about the news and its stories of political mayhem, tragedy, and messy world affairs. It’s also…

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Bursting our political bubble

By Rowan Light

Last month, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges provoked a national controversy when he denounced, on his Facebook page, the Prime Minister’s…

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Educational hubs or babysitters clubs

By Kieran Madden

The Alert Level 3 announcement that schools would be opened was met with a collective sigh of relief from some…

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Book Club | The Road to Character

“I’m hoping you and I will emerge from the next nine chapters slightly different and slightly better.” INTRODUCTION David Brooks’…

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Disruption – more than consensus – has been key to Anzac Day and its history

By Rowan Light

For the second year in a row, Anzac Day is essentially cancelled. In 2019, security concerns following the March 15…

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Wellbeing Budget Debt Money

But now, who pays?

By Julian Wood

On Tuesday last week, the New Zealand Treasury outlined five economic scenarios that aimed to depict how the economy may…

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Covid19 a community corrective to our culture of autonomous choice

By Danielle van Dalen

In my work as a researcher, I’ve noticed the influence of some powerful personal narratives—autonomy and individualism—that form significant foundational…

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Why Covid-19 calls us back to “communities of memory”

By Rowan Light

As we try to make sense of the pandemic, it’s been interesting seeing people turn to stories. The 2011 film…

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Looking beyond our bubbles

By Kieran Madden

We are in extraordinary times, calling rightly for extraordinary measures. Although our vision of the future is obscured by the…

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