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What are the conditions that will make New Zealand the kind of nation we want to pass on to our children? We regularly research and provide commentary on timely issues that we believe must be addressed to ensure a sustainable future for our families, our communities, and our way of life.

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Generational perspective necessary to do policy well

By Kieran Madden


Our view of human nature makes a big difference on which policies we devise and support. “If men were angels,…

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Getting serious about loneliness

By Danielle van Dalen


As Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera sang: “Nobody wants to be lonely.” But loneliness is more than just missing spending…

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TOP goes for a walk

By Alex Penk


Gareth Morgan has a point. I know this may be an unpopular view, but hear me out. Last week Morgan…

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Booming cities, struggling nations

By Kieran Madden


As a football tragic, I’ve been watching many of the World Cup games at ungodly hours these past few weeks….

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The age of misinformation

By Kieran Madden


“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?” lamented the poet T.S. Eliot. “Where is the knowledge we have…

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End of Life Choice Bill contains flaws that are impossible to fix

By Alex Penk


This column was published in Fairfax newspapers on Wednesday 20 June 2018 and on stuff.co.nz Parliament has started hearing submissions…

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When AI goes wrong

By Alex Penk


  You may have heard that the robots are coming to take our jobs, thanks to artificial intelligence. But a…

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Curing and caring

By Guest Author


“It has become taboo to mention dying,” says Kathryn Mannix, a leading palliative care specialist from the UK. I know…

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“Stay woke”

By Alex Penk


In a recent video, Barack Obama warned voters about “fake news,” telling us “to be more vigilant with what we…

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New Zealanders in harm’s way


While we may not have poisonous snakes and spiders in New Zealand, the risks of our natural surroundings are becoming…

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Algorithms no substitute for people

By Danielle van Dalen


The cracks are starting to show on the fancy computer algorithms we rely so heavily upon these days. The recent…

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turning point decision

The end of individualism?

By Kieran Madden


In the early nineties, political theorist Francis Fukuyama famously proclaimed the “End of History” was upon us-that western liberal democracy…

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Why civility should be key in politics

By Alex Penk


Check out Alex’s latest column on stuff.co.nz, originally printed in The Press. When Bill English resigned from Parliament, he prompted…

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Changing the way we educate

By Danielle van Dalen


Nelson Mandela is credited with saying: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” It…

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Submission: The End of Life Choice Bill

By Danielle van Dalen


We are opposed to the End of Life Choice Bill. The dangers of this Bill lie at its very core…

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Short Cuts to the End of Life Choice Bill

By Maxim Institute


In the lead up to the Tuesday, 6 March deadline for making submissions to Parliament about the End of Life Choice…

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Short Cuts Info – Making people vulnerable

By Danielle van Dalen


How many wrongful deaths are New Zealanders prepared to risk if these practices are legalised? What is the number? What…

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Short Cuts Info – The risk of wrongful death in the End of Life Choice Bill

By Danielle van Dalen


How many people would this Bill make eligible for euthanasia and assisted suicide? First, the Bill seems to ignore the…

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Short Cuts Info – Not a common law

By Danielle van Dalen


Where in the world is this practice legal? How often is this considered by other jurisdictions? Of a total 252…

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Short Cuts Info – A clear boundary isn’t possible

By Danielle van Dalen


Are we willing to create a law which distinguishes between those whose life is worthy of protection from suicide and…

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