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Danielle van Dalen

Danielle van Dalen

Danielle van Dalen

About Danielle van Dalen

Hailing from the Waikato, Danielle joined the Maxim Institute research team in 2016 after completing her MSc in Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Previously, she achieved a BA(Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington. Over her four years at Maxim Institute Danielle has worked on a range of projects including leading our research on euthanasia and assisted suicide, our research on the intersection of poverty, disability and employment, and more recently considering the role of the Government and society in protecting the freedoms of our democracy.

Most Recent Activity

end of life, end of life choice act, new zealand, 2020 election, referendum

With the future in mind

By Danielle van Dalen


As I hope all New Zealand voters now know, we’re currently being asked to decide not only who will lead…

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end of life, end of life choice act, new zealand, 2020 election, referendum

The context of choice as compassion

By Danielle van Dalen


Conversation around the End of Life Choice Act has often focused on a desire to be compassionate at the end…

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Book Club 3 | Man’s Search For Meaning


This month on the Book Club, our Interim CEO Joanne Abernethy hosts researchers Dr Rowan Light and Danielle van Dalen,…

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Not the most restrictive law

By Danielle van Dalen


Advocates of the End of Life Choice Act have suggested that it’s the tightest legislation of its kind, and that…

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Minor parties and election delay

By Danielle van Dalen


A side effect of New Zealand’s election delay is that every political party now has an extra four weeks to…

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Dr Stephen Child and Danielle van Dalen on the End of Life Choice Act


This September, New Zealand will vote to determine if the End of Life Choice Act will come into force, legislation…

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Preparing our democracy for the next emergency

By Danielle van Dalen


The COVID-19 pandemic saw New Zealand enter its second nationwide state of emergency in March 2020. This gave the Government…

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Policy Paper: Civic Defence

By Danielle van Dalen


The COVID-19 pandemic saw New Zealand enter its second nationwide state of emergency in March 2020. This gave the Government…

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After lockdown, an opportunity for our elderly people

By Danielle van Dalen


It’s not very often that elderly New Zealanders attract our attention, but COVID-19 has seen the plight of some of…

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MIC 12 | From referendum to real life


THE END OF LIFE CHOICE ACT AND WHAT IT WOULD CHANGE This September, New Zealanders will vote in a referendum…

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Media Release | Government’s rushed COVID-19 Bill denies New Zealanders a say in their own future

Media Release | Government’s rushed COVID-19 Bill denies New Zealanders a say in their own future

By Danielle van Dalen


“New Zealanders deserve to have a say in their own future, and the Government’s use of urgency to pass the…

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Covid-19, media and democracy

By Danielle van Dalen


It’s easy to complain about the news and its stories of political mayhem, tragedy, and messy world affairs. It’s also…

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Danielle’s op-ed on our need to have an active trust in government

Danielle’s op-ed on our need to have an active trust in government


Danielle identifies the nations faithfulness in the governments response to Covid-19, but from here where do we go? She highlights…

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End Of Life | Referendum Short Cuts


“Do you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force?” Every voter will be faced with this…

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FAQ #1 | What is the difference between euthanasia and assisted suicide?

By Danielle van Dalen


Assisted dying can take two forms: euthanasia or assisted suicide. Broadly, euthanasia describes the situation where the person who is…

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FAQ #2 | What is the current law?

By Danielle van Dalen


 Currently, it is not a crime to commit suicide or attempt to commit suicide, but it is a crime to…

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FAQ #3 | If you don’t want to have assisted suicide, why not just allow the choice for others and don’t do it yourself?

By Danielle van Dalen


The principle of personal autonomy, or choice, is core to the functioning of a free society. Our laws that relate…

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FAQ #4 | Who would be eligible for euthanasia and assisted suicide under the Act?

By Danielle van Dalen


A person is eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide under the End of Life Choice Act 2019 if: They are…

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FAQ #5 | Is it possible to create a clear, immovable boundary between who should be eligible for assisted death and who is not?

By Danielle van Dalen


The evidence suggests not. Our current laws protect all human life equally. No-one’s life is treated under law as more…

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FAQ #6 | Where is euthanasia and/or assisted suicide currently legal?

By Danielle van Dalen


Of a total 252 jurisdictions worldwide, only 18 allow some combination of euthanasia and assisted suicide, with two additional jurisdictions…

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