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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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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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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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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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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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Wellbeing Budget Debt Money

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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open door opportunity work

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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relationship resilient children

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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