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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Countering our fear of dying

By Alex Penk


Last week, I was struck by the fear of dying. Not my own, mind you. I was chairing a panel…

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Think Big 2.0: The Provincial Growth Fund risks turning into a fiasco

By Alex Penk


This article was written by Alex Penk and Julian Wood, and first published on The Spinoff on 26 February, on…

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Media coverage of the launch of “A Risk Worth Taking” Policy Paper

Media coverage of the launch of “A Risk Worth Taking” Policy Paper

By Alex Penk


On the morning of the release of our analysis of the Provincial Growth Fund, our report was featured on the…

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Dom Post and The Press feature Alex on Jordan Peterson

Dom Post and The Press feature Alex on Jordan Peterson

By Alex Penk


As conversation increased around noted academic Professor Jordan Peterson’s visit to New Zealand, Alex Penk’s op-ed was printed in The…

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Alex Penk responds to Maryan Street’s op-ed in Stuff newspapers

Alex Penk responds to Maryan Street’s op-ed in Stuff newspapers

By Alex Penk


In response to Maryan Street’s op-ed that predicted the End of Life Choice Bill would pass this year, CEO Alex…

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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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Alex on NZ Herald panel discussing the Living Wage

Alex on NZ Herald panel discussing the Living Wage


Alex Penk joined the NZ Herald Kiwi Workplace Lunchtime live streamed panel discussion on the Living Wage. You can watch…

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The little things that can change us

By Alex Penk


Last weekend, my daughter was shrieking in my ear with a mixture of delight and fear as we skimmed across…

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driveway help

Two-and-a-half cheers for child poverty bill

By Alex Penk


I was born at the tail-end of Gen X, so I grew up with a pop culture saturated by “fear…

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Miscarriage Bill should be welcomed – Alex in The Spinoff

Miscarriage Bill should be welcomed – Alex in The Spinoff

By Alex Penk


“A bill to provide bereavement leave for miscarriages will soon face its first vote in parliament. It’s a subject that’s…

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regional road

The collision of research and real life

By Alex Penk


I’ve never been to Maraenui, but I’ve now had a pretty eye-opening introduction to the Napier suburb. The devastation caused…

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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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Taking the Right Risks for the regions – Newsroom column

Taking the Right Risks for the regions – Newsroom column

By Alex Penk


At the launch of our Taking the Right Risks policy paper, Alex Penk and Julian Wood co-authored a column for…

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regional road

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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