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Poverty in New Zealand | The Heart of Poverty

By Kieran Madden


Research Series Every society tells a story about the good life, getting a fair go, or what it takes to live…

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The regional role of iwi

By Julian Wood


Bill English has made a splash in the last few days, both for his sheep shearing skills and his first-time…

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Lessons from America

By Kieran Madden


While most of us have experienced holding our nose as we vote, our American friends are, as usual, taking it…

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Not helping harms us

By Julian Wood


Last week the Hamilton Central Business Association enacted the “Your Help May Harm” campaign, aiming “to educate the public on the…

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Working hard, still struggling

Working hard, still struggling

By Danielle van Dalen


In New Zealand’s poverty debate, work is often touted as the silver bullet solution, the one thing that will solve…

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Ka pai, Oranga Tamariki

By Kieran Madden


Contrary to the sticks and stones rhyme from our childhood, we all know that names can hurt. Names are not…

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Clear expectations

Clear expectations

By Julian Wood


The Reserve Bank has done a fantastic job over the last 27 years, doing what it is supposed to do…

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Seeing the person, not the problem

Seeing the person, not the problem

By Danielle van Dalen


Politics and policies can change lives. However, policy is just an idea until people do something to enact it. For…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2016 | Achieving Change


Using evidence to empower educators and help students succeed Every parent, teacher, principal, policy expert, and education leader wants an…

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Social insecurity

Social insecurity

By Kieran Madden


Humans deeply yearn for security. Safety, in both its physical and economic forms, is solidly perched just above physical survival…

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“Trust me” – politics can be better

“Trust me” – politics can be better

By Danielle van Dalen


With one political event after another falling victim to anti-establishment sentiments, I have to ask, is New Zealand next? A…

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Connecting communities with help

Connecting communities with help

By Jeremy Vargo


Last week I had a fascinating conversation. I was talking with Lisa Woolley in her office at VisionWest: a large…

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The Heart of Poverty Series #3: Uncovering the pathways in to and out of disadvantage in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


Around 10 to 15 percent of New Zealand families are stuck in persistent poverty that will keep them trapped there…

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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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Minimum wage opportunities

Minimum wage opportunities

By Julian Wood


As a tool to help people who are struggling to get by, an increase to the minimum wage is a…

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Living Wage disputes

By Kieran Madden


Last week, the Government announced that the minimum wage will soon rise by 50 cents to $15.25/hour, higher than the…

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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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Free tertiary policy lacks precision

Free tertiary policy lacks precision

By Julian Wood


I never knew the “glory days” of tertiary education where everything was free. After high school I was ushered into…

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Submission | Health Select Committee Inquiry into the ending of one’s life in New Zealand

By Jane Silloway Smith


Since late 2013, Maxim Institute has undertaken a stream of research into the legal and policy arguments regarding euthanasia and…

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Maxim responds to David Seymour’s euthanasia accusations

Maxim responds to David Seymour’s euthanasia accusations


Research Fellow Dr Jane Silloway Smith challenged ACT MP David Seymour’s suggestion that Maxim Institute’s work on euthanasia was “intellectually…

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