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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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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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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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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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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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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Posturing doesn’t help those facing poverty

Posturing doesn’t help those facing poverty

By Alex Penk


“I know that’s not PC, but you know, that’s me,” said Judith Collins last week as she commented on child…

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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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Values and voting

Values and voting

By Alex Penk


No-one likes a hypocrite. So when we hear that evangelical Christians in America are voting for Donald Trump , in…

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Disagreeing well

Disagreeing well

By Alex Penk


The sudden death of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has sparked a response that caught my attention. After news…

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The reason more important than the change

By Alex Penk


At the height of the Boer War, New Zealanders celebrated the heroism and abilities of our troopers. There was an…

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The aftershocks of King Henry VIII

The aftershocks of King Henry VIII

By Alex Penk


What does a long-dead Tudor king have to do with the Canterbury earthquakes? In late 2010, after the first shock,…

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Ever heard of Jackie Robinson?

Ever heard of Jackie Robinson?

By Alex Penk


In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball since the 1880s. One of the most…

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Bound to fail

Bound to fail

By Alex Penk


Imagine you’re in hospital, waiting for surgery. The surgeon walks over, and you realise they’re holding a butter knife, not…

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