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Our representatives in Parliament and their advisors have the power to affect thousands, even millions, of lives. From the constitutional framework that empowers and limits government, to issues of law and policy that touch on deeper issues like the value and inviolability of human life, we continue an active engagement and interest in a range of policy and legal issues.

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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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Preparing our democracy for the next emergency

By Danielle van Dalen


The COVID-19 pandemic saw New Zealand enter its second nationwide state of emergency in March 2020. This gave the Government…

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Policy Paper: Civic Defence

By Danielle van Dalen


The COVID-19 pandemic saw New Zealand enter its second nationwide state of emergency in March 2020. This gave the Government…

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Political “race to the middle” bereft of vision

By Alex Penk


Who is the real “party of infrastructure”? Is it Labour, who just announced that they’ll spend billions on roads and…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Now is the time to take our changing future seriously

By Kieran Madden


The Government is dead-set on improving “wellbeing” as the mark of their leadership, and “long-term intergenerational wellbeing” in particular. This…

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Budget Responsibility Rules

Financial responsibility goes beyond mere “Rules”

By Alex Penk


Sometimes the most important ideas are the ones that aren’t being discussed. This came to mind with the release of…

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The process of voting on our voting process

By Danielle van Dalen


Last week, Justice Minister Andrew Little flagged the possibility of having an MMP referendum at the 2020 election to reconsider…

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The Politics of Diving

By Kieran Madden


Soccer goalkeepers sure look spectacular with their acrobatic dives during penalties, but studies show that simply standing in the middle…

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Shaking off stardust politics

By Kieran Madden


Famously elusive about her political leanings, pop sensation Taylor Swift recently went beyond her usual neutral get-out-and-vote message to endorse…

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