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“Stay woke”

By Alex Penk


In a recent video, Barack Obama warned voters about “fake news,” telling us “to be more vigilant with what we…

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Following the leader

By Kieran Madden


Can you remember that ground-shaking moment during the election campaign when you heard a policy announcement and were persuaded to…

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And now, civility

By Danielle van Dalen


Kiwi kids know that good sportsmanship in team sports looks like healthy competition followed by the competing teams shaking hands…

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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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transparency

Taxes, trust, and transparency

By Kieran Madden


“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” This, apparently, was economist John Maynard Keynes’…

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Our politicians must learn what actually makes a difference in education

By Danielle van Dalen


I can clearly remember my favourite teacher. He was a jovial and portly history teacher, who would get incredibly excited…

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The battle lines for our votes

By Kieran Madden


It’s the economy, stupid. This phrase, coined by one of Bill Clinton’s wily campaign strategists, has done a crude but…

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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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Election Panel – Live Q+A


What questions do you want answered before you vote? Hosted by Maxim Institute, in association with AUT Law School, this…

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What are you reading?

By Jeremy Vargo


As we approach the election season, I’ve noticed a distinct uptick in the number of messages I’m seeing from the…

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Alex Penk’s article in Weekend Press

Alex Penk’s article in Weekend Press

By Alex Penk


The first of Alex’s 2017 election year op-ed series was printed in the Weekend Press and reproduced online on stuff.co.nz….

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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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Choose, and choose wisely

Choose, and choose wisely

By Jeremy Vargo


When I was 10 years old, I volunteered to distribute pamphlets for one of the electorate candidates in our area….

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Who are you reserving a seat in Parliament for?

Who are you reserving a seat in Parliament for?

By Jeremy Vargo


Have you heard of Paul Foster-Bell? Could you pick which party Barbara Stewart belongs to? And is Raymond Huo a…

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This is why politicians don’t really need to care about the opinions of young people

This is why politicians don’t really need to care about the opinions of young people

By Danielle van Dalen


Often the youth of our society are referred to as irresponsible. What really frustrates me about this is that in…

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National’s School Leadership proposal

National’s School Leadership proposal

By Jeremy Vargo


School leadership burst onto the election year programme during John Key’s State of the Nation speech, when he announced $359…

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The locals matter too

The locals matter too

By Jeremy Vargo


In the recent local body elections, a friend of mine ran for—and won—a seat on our local community board. This…

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Kicking the tyres: Choosing a voting system for New Zealand

Kicking the tyres: Choosing a voting system for New Zealand

By Steve Thomas


At the 2011 election in November, voters will get the chance to vote in a referendum on whether New Zealand…

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MMP Review Submission

MMP Review Submission

By Kieran Madden


New Zealand should have a voting system that enables our MPs and the government to have the freedom to lead…

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Enhancing MMP: How to improve New Zealand’s current voting system

Enhancing MMP: How to improve New Zealand’s current voting system

By Steve Thomas


New Zealand’s voting system is under review. We have the opportunity to let the Government know how we think it…

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