Alex Penk

Alex Penk

Alex Penk

About Alex Penk

CEO

Alex leads the work and mission of Maxim Institute, representing our work in public, and speaking and writing about public leadership - a topic he studied during his time as a Visiting Fellow at the McDonald Centre at Oxford University in Trinity Term 2016. His previous study includes a Master of Laws from Cambridge University and degrees in law and science from the University of Auckland.

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Don’t leave law to the lawyers

By Alex Penk


One day, a man called John Entick was at home when in walked Nathan Carrington and three other government agents….

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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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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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“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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Time to take a risk for the regions – Newsroom column

By Alex Penk


To lay out an explanation for the recommendations in our Taking the Right Risks policy paper on regional development, Alex Penk…

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Alex Penk talks with Mike Hosking – Regional development policy paper

Alex Penk talks with Mike Hosking – Regional development policy paper


Upon the release of our regional development paper, Taking the Right Risks, Alex Penk was interviewed by Mike Hosking on…

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Alex Penk on The Project – Newshub

Alex Penk on The Project – Newshub

By Alex Penk


In response to the Government’s minimum wage rise, The Project featured an interview with Alex Penk as part of a…

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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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Alex Penk on Radio Live – Reducing child poverty

Alex Penk on Radio Live – Reducing child poverty

By Alex Penk


Ahead of the Government announcing its child poverty reduction law, CEO Alex Penk spoke with Mark Sainsbury to help define child…

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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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Three strikes, out

By Alex Penk


The “Three Strikes” legislation is going to be struck out. The new Government has promised to repeal the law in…

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Read our column on <em>The Spinoff</em> and <em>RNZ</em>

Read our column on The Spinoff and RNZ

By Alex Penk


This week, Alex Penk and Julian Wood’s column Triumph or disaster? A guide to the minimum wage increase featured on The…

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$1B regional development fund needs coherent vision

$1B regional development fund needs coherent vision

By Alex Penk


Maxim Institute welcomes investment in New Zealand’s regions, but CEO Alex Penk cautions that we urgently need more detail on…

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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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Press column: The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income train

Press column: The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income train

By Alex Penk


Read Alex and Julian’s column, published in the Christchurch Press:  The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income…

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Press column: Why populist politicians favour the dangerous appeal of referendums

Press column: Why populist politicians favour the dangerous appeal of referendums

By Alex Penk


Read Alex’s latest column in the Christchurch Press:  Why populist politicians favour the dangerous appeal of referendums “In the vast…

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The dangerous appeal of binding referendums

By Alex Penk


“Actually, when you drill into it, there are some big reasons to think twice before embracing binding referendums.” Click here…

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Honouring Sir John Graham

Honouring Sir John Graham

By Alex Penk


“We join many in New Zealand in remembering and honouring the life of Sir John Graham,” says Maxim Institute CEO,…

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