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Submission: Education Amendment Bill 2012

Submission: Education Amendment Bill 2012

By Luke Fenwick


Maxim Institute has made a submission supporting the Education Amendment Bill’s introduction of partnership schools kura hourua, with suggestions for…

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Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #2

Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #2

By Steve Thomas


As a form of charter school, the Government’s pilot Partnership Schools, or Kura Hourua, will operate alongside regular state schools….

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Submission: Lobbying Disclosure Bill

Submission: Lobbying Disclosure Bill

By Alex Penk


The Lobbying Disclosure Bill is currently before Select Committee. Maxim Institute has made a submission on the bill, arguing that…

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Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #1

Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #1

By Steve Thomas


Charter schools have been in the headlines repeatedly this year – much of the time as critics point out their…

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Kicking the tyres: Choosing a voting system for New Zealand

Kicking the tyres: Choosing a voting system for New Zealand

By Steve Thomas


At the 2011 election in November, voters will get the chance to vote in a referendum on whether New Zealand…

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MMP Review Submission

MMP Review Submission

By Kieran Madden


New Zealand should have a voting system that enables our MPs and the government to have the freedom to lead…

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What are charter schools?

What are charter schools?

By Steve Thomas


Background In December 2011, the National and ACT Parties announced plans to trial charter schools in South Auckland and East…

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Enhancing MMP: How to improve New Zealand’s current voting system

Enhancing MMP: How to improve New Zealand’s current voting system

By Steve Thomas


New Zealand’s voting system is under review. We have the opportunity to let the Government know how we think it…

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A Better Mix – Why SM strikes the best balance and should be New Zealand’s voting system

A Better Mix – Why SM strikes the best balance and should be New Zealand’s voting system


New Zealanders have the chance to choose a different voting system from among five different options. In this Research Paper,…

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Being Better Neighbours

Being Better Neighbours

By Jane Silloway Smith


As a member of the international community, New Zealand has a role to play in overseas development. A new policy…

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A Tale of Two Houses: Does MMP mean New Zealand doesn’t need an upper house?

A Tale of Two Houses: Does MMP mean New Zealand doesn’t need an upper house?

By Guest Author


Not all democracies look the same. The type of electoral system we have, and the structure of our Parliament, affect…

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In Search of Better Law-making

In Search of Better Law-making

By Guest Author


Despite good intentions of improving the quality of laws that are passed in Parliament, the Regulatory Responsibility Bill is a…

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Poverty Paper

Looking Back to Look Forward: How welfare in New Zealand has evolved

By Jane Silloway Smith


This working paper was presented at the Reviewing Welfare and Social Sector Policy and Reform Conference in June 2010. The…

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Guest Book Review: The Spirit Level

Guest Book Review: The Spirit Level

By Guest Author


The Spirit Level, published in 2009, argues that what matters for human well-being is not ongoing increases in average income,…

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Invalids and Sickness Benefits: The United Kingdom’s recent reforms

Invalids and Sickness Benefits: The United Kingdom’s recent reforms

By Maxim Institute


A Welfare Working Group was established to look into the welfare system in New Zealand. Welfare reform has been conducted in…

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Tax Discussion Series: <em>Lifting the bucket</em>

Tax Discussion Series: Lifting the bucket

By Steve Thomas


Lifting the Bucket: Tax policy and economic growth is the third paper in Maxim Institute’s Tax Discussion Series, a series…

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Criminal injustice and the proposed “three-strikes” law

Criminal injustice and the proposed “three-strikes” law

By Guest Author


This Guest Paper analyses the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill. The Bill sets out a “three strikes” sentencing regime, which…

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Lock ’em up and throw away the key: Criminal injustice and the proposed “three strikes” law

Lock ’em up and throw away the key: Criminal injustice and the proposed “three strikes” law

By Research Fellow


Legal experts from the University of Auckland, Professor Warren Brookbanks and Dr Richard Ekins critiqued the “three strikes” policy that…

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A heart and mind for the poor

A heart and mind for the poor

By Jane Silloway Smith


New Zealand is a wealthy country in a world with much need. Confronted by this, many are concerned about the…

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UMR Omnibus Results – Raising GST?

UMR Omnibus Results – Raising GST?

By Maxim Institute


A poll commissioned by Maxim Institute shows most New Zealanders don’t want an increase in GST. See the poll results…

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