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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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The trust trade-off

By Kieran Madden


The Government is going all in on its Social Investment strategy for fixing social ills, but the big data it…

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Urban/rural split could lead to political polarisation

By Alex Penk


Alex’s latest op-ed features in The Christchurch Press, where he discusses the political and social risks of growing demographic rifts between…

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Maori names can be a driving force towards recognising history

Maori names can be a driving force towards recognising history

By Guest Author


Last week, talkback lines and social media comment sections were alight with responses to an article published in the Dom…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2017 | Polls Apart


Reclaiming respect in a time of polarised politics Now the initial jolt has worn off from “shock” election results around…

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Creating opportunities to contribute

By Danielle van Dalen


Last week New Zealander Robert Martin took up his position in Geneva as Spokesperson for Disabled People on the United…

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Like a bickering couple, we need to find healthy ways to disagree about politics

By Alex Penk


Elections bring out conflict and some of it can be really damaging. Because we’re living together, we’re building a shared…

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New Zealand, let’s stop being a cheap date

By Julian Wood


Travellers are enamoured with us. Last year, 3.5 million visitors arrived in New Zealand to check us out. This is…

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Valuing access to work

By Danielle van Dalen


Unemployment is costly. It costs the unemployed person and it costs society. For plenty of people with disabilities this cost…

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Welfare to work?

By Kieran Madden


Just where do people go when they move off a benefit? It’s a serious question that demands an answer. Why?…

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Alex Penk’s article in Weekend Press

Alex Penk’s article in Weekend Press

By Alex Penk


The first of Alex’s 2017 election year op-ed series was printed in the Weekend Press and reproduced online on stuff.co.nz….

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TOP Sail

What’s dragging beneath Gareth Morgan’s new TOP sail?

By Jeremy Vargo


The story of last week was of course, John Key, and the end of his incredible run of political popularity….

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Polling Booth

The public square vs the voting booth

By Alex Penk


Why was Donald Trump’s election so surprising? One obvious reason is that he was completely unfit to be president. Less…

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American Flag

Lessons from America

By Kieran Madden


While most of us have experienced holding our nose as we vote, our American friends are, as usual, taking it…

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Not helping harms us

By Julian Wood


Last week the Hamilton Central Business Association enacted the “Your Help May Harm” campaign, aiming “to educate the public on the…

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Of revolution and reaction

By Kieran Madden


Right and left don’t seem to make much sense of the world anymore. Perhaps, as New York Times columnist David…

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Stretching the potential of flexible work

By Danielle van Dalen


“All we really want is a little control – and to make that 6 o’clock yoga class once in a…

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What is the number?

By Alex Penk


Anyone advocating for euthanasia or assisted suicide should have to answer this question: How many wrongful deaths is Parliament prepared…

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“Beautiful as heaven, lonely as hell”

“Beautiful as heaven, lonely as hell”

By Julian Wood


I have heard friends of mine visiting New Zealand describe it as “beautiful as heaven, and lonely as hell.” If…

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Life consistent with our identity

By Jeremy Vargo


I love a good public disagreement; lately there seems to be a perishing lack of the good kind. To me…

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Ka pai, Oranga Tamariki

By Kieran Madden


Contrary to the sticks and stones rhyme from our childhood, we all know that names can hurt. Names are not…

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