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Alex Penk

Alex Penk

Alex Penk

About Alex Penk

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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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parliament new zealand goverment

Government should not allow further overreach from Court

By Alex Penk


The Opposition just rolled out the usual tough-on-crime rhetoric disconnected from evidenced-based solutions, announcing that it’s “time to smash the…

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Alex’s op-ed on End of Life Choice Bill referendum

Alex’s op-ed on End of Life Choice Bill referendum


Alex’s article highlights the decision that MPs will make on Wednesday about the referendum for End of Life Choice Bill….

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Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela Podcast


Earlier this year, we hosted Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela for her first time in New Zealand to speak at our annual…

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Naked politics blocks decent policy-making

By Alex Penk


There’s been a lot of cynicism about the Provincial Growth Fund, and last week Minister Shane Jones went a long…

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hate speech vs free speech, MIC 11, Maxim Institute

MIC 11 | Hate speech vs free speech


Freedom, Responsibility and Public Debate We hosted David Hall, Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory at AUT and an Associate…

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Choices, consequences, and euthanasia

By Alex Penk


“You see, the reality is that for every choice, there is a consequence.” As the End of Life Choice Bill…

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NZ Herald feature Alex’s column on rage and civility

NZ Herald feature Alex’s column on rage and civility


Alex’s article was printed as guest editorial in the Bay of Plenty Times and the Rotorua Daily post on the…

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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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cricket leadership

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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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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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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