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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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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Submission to the Lobbying Disclosure Bill

Submission to the Lobbying Disclosure Bill

By Alex Penk


Maxim Institute made a submission to the Lobbying Disclosure Bill, which is currently before Select Committee. Below is the executive…

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The future of charity

The future of charity

By Alex Penk


What makes a charity? Who’s in, and who’s out? The Charities Commission has been asking these questions as it gears…

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Submission: <em>Electoral Finance Reform Issues</em>

Submission: Electoral Finance Reform Issues

By Alex Penk


Maxim Institute has made a submission to the first stage of this process, arguing that the law needs to strike…

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Tax Discussion Series: <em>Is it Just Tax?</em>

Tax Discussion Series: Is it Just Tax?

By Alex Penk


Tax and the economy are issues on many people’s minds at the moment; raising questions that all governments and societies…

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Submission: <em>Income Splitting for families with children</em>

Submission: Income Splitting for families with children

By Alex Penk


Maxim Institute supports the introduction of income splitting, with two qualifications. Firstly, we believe there is a case for more…

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