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Facing our truancy epidemic

By Rowan Light

Move over COVID-19, New Zealand is facing a different kind of epidemic. New data released by the Ministry of Education…

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A permanent solution to our seasonal problem

By Julian Wood

In February this year, Maxim Institute called for a shift away from New Zealand’s over-reliance on temporary workers towards investing…

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Discussion Paper | The Case for Character Skills

By Kieran Madden

“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Success early on in life is about…

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This Government’s Poverty Problem

By Kieran Madden

Prime Minister Ardern is sitting on a shiny mountain of political capital that would, as one editorial pointed out, make…

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Avoiding America’s political polarisation

By Danielle van Dalen

“I remember when President W. Bush was elected and there were protests in the street calling him a war criminal…

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Don’t underestimate humans in the future of work

By Kieran Madden

“Excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake,” reflected tech luminary Elon Musk. “Humans are underrated.” For someone like Musk, whose…

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Book Club | Small is Beautiful

“I thus come to the cheerful conclusion that life, including economic life, is still worth living because it is sufficiently…

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Half-right no substitute for the whole truth

By Kieran Madden

“A problem well-defined is a problem half-solved,” the saying goes. Caricatures of complex problems on the other hand, lead us…

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The common purpose behind the political bloodsport

By Rowan Light

It’s as reliable as the pub chats following a Bledisloe Cup match. After any general election: the deluge of post-election…

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With the future in mind

By Danielle van Dalen

As I hope all New Zealand voters now know, we’re currently being asked to decide not only who will lead…

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The context of choice as compassion

By Danielle van Dalen

Conversation around the End of Life Choice Act has often focused on a desire to be compassionate at the end…

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Not the most restrictive law

By Danielle van Dalen

Advocates of the End of Life Choice Act have suggested that it’s the tightest legislation of its kind, and that…

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Creativity needed to support new jobs

By Julian Wood

In the economic battle against COVID-19, there was hope we might all “be home for Christmas;” a hope that wage…

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Catching the tide for “the lockdown generation”

By Rowan Light

As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on, we must attend to the needs of our young people, our taiohi. “Taiohi” in…

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The early years consensus

By Kieran Madden

The first three years are critical for a child’s development and long-term success in life, but policy has unfortunately been…

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Asking the big questions on Social Insurance

By Julian Wood

Back in May the Government signalled its interest in exploring new forms of unemployment insurance saying: “we have an opportunity…

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Minor parties and election delay

By Danielle van Dalen

A side effect of New Zealand’s election delay is that every political party now has an extra four weeks to…

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Book Club | Man’s Search For Meaning

“A man who knows the way for his existence will be able to bear almost any how.” INTRODUCTION Viktor Frankl’s…

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Searching for meaning in the lockdown

By Rowan Light

With the sudden return to lockdown, it makes sense that many New Zealanders are experiencing anxiety and despair. Hoarding or…

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Getting the story straight on jobs

By Kieran Madden

“Lies, damn lies, and statistics”—so the saying goes. Statistics New Zealand’s release of this June’s unemployment figures wasn’t a lie,…

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