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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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Alex on Checkpoint RNZ speaking on the End Of Life Choice Bill

Alex on Checkpoint RNZ speaking on the End Of Life Choice Bill


On June 27, Alex talked to Alex Perrottet on Checkpoint, RNZ about the results of the End of Life Choice Bill’s…

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Alex on the Newshub Nation panel talking End of Life Choice Bill

Alex on the Newshub Nation panel talking End of Life Choice Bill

By Alex Penk


On Saturday, 22 June, Alex appeared on the Newshub Nation panel to respond to the visit of Dr Stefanie Green,…

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Standing in line, vote, referendum

Referendums are not the pinnacle of democracy

By Alex Penk


If the most recent polls are right, the cannabis referendum won’t pass. Some will be pleased with this, others frustrated,…

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Alex’s op-ed on the End of Life Choice Bill featured on the Spinoff

Alex’s op-ed on the End of Life Choice Bill featured on the Spinoff

By Alex Penk


Alex Penk’s op-ed highlighting flaws of David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill featured on the Spinoff. Read the article: …

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wellbeing New zealand sunrise flower

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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disabilities man work

Creating poverty-busting opportunites that work for people with disabilities

By Alex Penk


by Alex Penk and Danielle van Dalen This week there’s been a lot of coverage about employment opportunities for people…

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Dom Post feature Alex Penk’s op-ed on the End of Life Choice Bill

Dom Post feature Alex Penk’s op-ed on the End of Life Choice Bill

By Alex Penk


With the End of Life Choice Bill facing its second reading, Alex releases an op-ed printed by The Dominion Post…

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MEDIA RELEASE | End of Life Choice Bill report highlights multitude of “concerns and contradictions”

MEDIA RELEASE | End of Life Choice Bill report highlights multitude of “concerns and contradictions”

By Alex Penk


Released today, the Justice Select Committee’s report does not recommend passing the End of Life Choice Bill. Instead, it highlights…

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hate-speech hate new zealand

Hate-speech review risks being too hasty

By Alex Penk


The Justice Minister put the cart before the horse when he spoke about hate speech recently. In the shadow of…

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Dying death dead tree at dawn

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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LRG Cover Image A Risk Worth Taking - Provincial Growth Fund

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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Budget Responsibility Rules

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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