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COVID-19 economic analysis – 22.04.2020

By Julian Wood


Analysis of Treasury’s scenario forecasts (released 13 April) and weekly economic commentary (released 17 April), by Senior Researcher Julian Wood…

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Why Covid-19 calls us back to “communities of memory”

By Rowan Light


As we try to make sense of the pandemic, it’s been interesting seeing people turn to stories. The 2011 film…

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Looking beyond our bubbles

By Kieran Madden


We are in extraordinary times, calling rightly for extraordinary measures. Although our vision of the future is obscured by the…

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Charities to be squeezed on both sides

By Julian Wood


In an unprecedented move, last week the Government announced a $12.1 billion package to combat the economic impact of Covid-19….

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The foundational message of assisted dying

By Danielle van Dalen


I’m sure many of us have had that moment, where we realise we’ve been talking about something and not realised…

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Total rugby and the future of work

By Kieran Madden


The futurists are hailing that the “the fourth industrial revolution” is upon us, a time where robots will take over…

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Covid-19 forces us to confront the limitations of our tertiary model

By Rowan Light


The deepening Covid-19 epidemic highlights the connectedness of our globalised world and its fragility. China is a critical junction in…

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Migration Policy Paper: A Welcome That Works

By Julian Wood


Over the last 30 years, New Zealand has become over reliant on temporary work migration as a way to solve…

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Anti-natalism won’t save us from climate change

By Rowan Light


One of my favourite movies of all time is Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 adaptation of PD James’ Children of Men. The…

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The peril of overriding personal conscience

By Danielle van Dalen


One of the non-blockbuster films of the summer is Terrence Malick’s latest project A Hidden Life. It’s based on the…

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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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Policy for the people, with the people

By Kieran Madden


While reading about a promising new policy initiative by a bright-eyed non-profit organisation, I did a double-take when I read…

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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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