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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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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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The too hard basket: Breaking the link between disability and poverty

By Danielle van Dalen


Less than half of New Zealanders with disabilities are in paid employment. New research from the Maxim Institute suggests employers…

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New Zealanders need to inspect details of End of Life Choice Bill

By Alex Penk


MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday, 14 December 2017 With the End of Life Choice Bill now voted through to Select Committee stage,…

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We deserve the whole story on euthanasia laws

By Danielle van Dalen


Like New Zealand, some of our neighbours across the ditch have recently been debating whether to legalise euthanasia and assisted…

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Cigarettes becoming too hot to handle for dairies

By Julian Wood


Cigarettes, while not worth their weight in gold, are now worth one and a half times their weight in silver,…

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Thinking with others

By Kieran Madden


“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a…

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Acknowledging Ability

By Danielle van Dalen


When we talk about poverty, we rarely consider people with disabilities as a group who are particularly at risk. But…

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Discussion Paper: Acknowledging Ability

By Danielle van Dalen


 People who are living with a disability are vastly overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty figures, and 74 percent of those…

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Using policy to fix things – why gun control isn’t as simple as we’d like

By Danielle van Dalen


The best way to reduce gun violence is through stricter gun control policies, right? Well, perhaps, but not necessarily. A…

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Following the leader

By Kieran Madden


Can you remember that ground-shaking moment during the election campaign when you heard a policy announcement and were persuaded to…

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And now, civility

By Danielle van Dalen


Kiwi kids know that good sportsmanship in team sports looks like healthy competition followed by the competing teams shaking hands…

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Dodging the lolly-scramble for power

By Alex Penk


As a kid, there was one word that always got your heart racing and your legs pumping at a community…

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The battle lines for our votes

By Kieran Madden


It’s the economy, stupid. This phrase, coined by one of Bill Clinton’s wily campaign strategists, has done a crude but…

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Supporting the village raising our children

By Danielle van Dalen


An African proverb claims that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Labour’s School Leavers’ Toolkit Policy seems an…

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Election Panel – Live Q+A


What questions do you want answered before you vote? Hosted by Maxim Institute, in association with AUT Law School, this…

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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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Big questions for local councils

By Alex Penk


Do you expect your council to light your streets and fix the potholes? Do you think it should provide clean…

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