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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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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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Census success needs all of us

By Danielle van Dalen


Imagine if you could influence funding for the healthcare you receive, or for the schools your children attend, with just…

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Maxim Institute’s Submission to the Abortion Legislation Bill

Maxim Institute’s Submission to the Abortion Legislation Bill

By Danielle van Dalen


This submission was prepared by Danielle van Dalen, Gael Goulter and Jessie Duffin in response to the Parliamentary Select Committee’s…

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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Policy Paper: Creating Opportunity

By Danielle van Dalen


People with disabilities are overlooked in the national conversation on poverty and overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty statistics. They face…

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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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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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MEDIA RELEASE | End of Life Choice Bill report highlights multitude of “concerns and contradictions”

MEDIA RELEASE | End of Life Choice Bill report highlights multitude of “concerns and contradictions”

By Alex Penk


Released today, the Justice Select Committee’s report does not recommend passing the End of Life Choice Bill. Instead, it highlights…

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Hate-speech review risks being too hasty

By Alex Penk


The Justice Minister put the cart before the horse when he spoke about hate speech recently. In the shadow of…

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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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Vocational surgery required

By Kieran Madden


Our vocational educational system is on life support— haemorrhaging badly in desperate need of surgery. Four of New Zealand’s sixteen…

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The status of our own history

By Danielle van Dalen


While many of us are raised with storybook histories of pharaohs, kings, queens, and notable events from all over the…

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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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