Jeremy Vargo

Jeremy Vargo

Jeremy Vargo

About Jeremy Vargo

Communications Manager

Heading up Maxim Institute’s communications, Jeremy enjoys connecting our work with a wide range of audiences, from media, to MPs, to members of the public. Alongside a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Canterbury, he brings a passion for politics, and years of experience in communications and community work.

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Does punishment prevent crime?

By Jeremy Vargo


Benjamin Franklin once wrote to a friend that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and…

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Labour’s courageous move on poverty

By Jeremy Vargo


Labour’s announcement last week of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill was almost instantly hailed by many as a huge step…

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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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TOP Sail

What’s dragging beneath Gareth Morgan’s new TOP sail?

By Jeremy Vargo


The story of last week was of course, John Key, and the end of his incredible run of political popularity….

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Life consistent with our identity

By Jeremy Vargo


I love a good public disagreement; lately there seems to be a perishing lack of the good kind. To me…

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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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Assisted dying rejected again

Assisted dying rejected again

By Jeremy Vargo


This past Friday the UK’s House of Commons rejected a bill that would legalise assisted suicide; with 330 MP’s voting…

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Culture, not “choice”

Culture, not “choice”

By Jeremy Vargo


Today, across Western Australia there are 274 small communities in fear of losing power, water, and other essential services needed…

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On our behalf

On our behalf

By Jeremy Vargo


I sense a simple joy lightening the national mood. Since the Government’s u-turn on their previous u-turn—essentially promising they wouldn’t…

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Doing good and making money

Doing good and making money

By Jeremy Vargo


Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting a fascinating New Zealander by the name of Travis O’Keefe. I…

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Imagery vs. injury

Imagery vs. injury

By Jeremy Vargo


I spent this past weekend on a campsite outside Rotorua enjoying delicious food, sunshine, beautiful landscapes and great conversations. Best…

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Shading between the lines

Shading between the lines

By Jeremy Vargo


A fascinating video popped up last week. It showed actor and director Ben Affleck on a TV talk show, not discussing his…

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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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What’s wrong with binding referendums?

What’s wrong with binding referendums?

By Jeremy Vargo


In July, Colin Craig stated that the introduction of binding citizen’s initiated referendums (BCIR) would be a bottom line for…

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What I didn’t know about ISIS and Iraq

What I didn’t know about ISIS and Iraq

By Jeremy Vargo


You’re probably aware that something is going on in Iraq. You might have heard things about something called ISIS, read…

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MMP refresher – the paths to power

MMP refresher – the paths to power

By Jeremy Vargo


Last week, my friends got into a heated discussion regarding David Cunliffe’s statements about Internet Mana. Mr Cunliffe said he…

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“Coat-tailing” and other political oddities

“Coat-tailing” and other political oddities

By Jeremy Vargo


What is the deal with “coat-tailing” and all those other little idiosyncrasies of our nation’s MMP system we hear bandied…

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When research becomes news

When research becomes news

By Jeremy Vargo


I don’t know about you, but last week my Facebook newsfeed was flooded with posts about a new study that…

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The story beyond Budget Day

The story beyond Budget Day

By Jeremy Vargo


The news cycle for a new Budget is really quite short. The day it’s announced it’s all go, every news…

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What you need to know about the Nigerian kidnapping

What you need to know about the Nigerian kidnapping

By Jeremy Vargo


#bringbackourgirls It’s likely you’ve seen at least something recently about the terrifying kidnapping of over 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by an…

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