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Kieran Madden

Kieran Madden

Kieran Madden

About Kieran Madden

Research Manager

Kieran joined Maxim Institute as a researcher in 2012 after graduating with a Master of Public Policy from the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University.

Prior to this he worked as a researcher for an Australian Senator, following several years as a Project Manager for Hewlett Packard.

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Recommendations | Defining and measuring what it means to be poor in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


DEFINITION AND MEASUREMENT   Defining Poverty: A definition of poverty cannot capture “everything in the world we don’t like,” as one…

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Defining and measuring what it means to be poor in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


INTRODUCTION Who is poor? How did they get there, and how has poverty damaged their lives? The first paper in…

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Drawing the Line | Measuring Poverty

By Kieran Madden


Just as there is no one accepted definition of poverty, there is also no one measure of poverty. Measures of…

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The Looking Glass | Defining Poverty

By Kieran Madden


DEFINITIONS Defining poverty is about distinguishing between those who are poor and those who aren’t, and is an exercise in…

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Digging Deeper | Understanding Poverty

By Kieran Madden


Most of us are swimming in ideological waters without even knowing it, and this immersion shapes to some extent how…

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Setting the Scene | The Problem of Poverty

By Kieran Madden


INTRODUCTION How we understand, define, and measure poverty matters. Poverty, especially in developed countries like New Zealand, is complex and…

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The Art of Disagreeing Agreeably

By Kieran Madden


Illustrations by Anieszka Banks When engaging with someone you disagree with, own the fact that it could get awkward. New Zealanders…

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Don’t turn away

By Kieran Madden


“Our noses were almost touching…we were breathing the same air.” These are the words of Marcia Khoza, whose mother was…

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The “yeah, nah” government

By Kieran Madden


That gutting feeling of unfulfilled expectations is hard to shake, and the bigger the promise, the bigger the disappointment. The…

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Raising resilient children through healthy relationships

By Kieran Madden


When we hear of the overwhelming, and often heart-breaking challenges that some families face it can be easy to feel…

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This is our home

By Kieran Madden


Vibrant flowers gild the gates of the Christchurch mosques, each bouquet laid with trembling hands, representing a beautiful solidarity amidst…

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Now is the time to take our changing future seriously

By Kieran Madden


The Government is dead-set on improving “wellbeing” as the mark of their leadership, and “long-term intergenerational wellbeing” in particular. This…

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Vocational surgery required

By Kieran Madden


Our vocational educational system is on life support— haemorrhaging badly in desperate need of surgery. Four of New Zealand’s sixteen…

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Killing the cult of consumerism

By Kieran Madden


“Our Gross National Product…measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile.” Bobby Kennedy’s famous 1968 speech decried how measures like…

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On Common Ground

By Kieran Madden


Illustrations by Anieszka Banks “I could have hit him, I could have hurt him…but something in me said, you know…

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The Politics of Diving

By Kieran Madden


Soccer goalkeepers sure look spectacular with their acrobatic dives during penalties, but studies show that simply standing in the middle…

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Shaking off stardust politics

By Kieran Madden


Famously elusive about her political leanings, pop sensation Taylor Swift recently went beyond her usual neutral get-out-and-vote message to endorse…

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Mana in Mahi isn’t your average work-for-the-dole scheme

By Kieran Madden


Translated to “strength in work,” Labour’s Mana in Māhī scheme shows real potential to make a difference in the lives…

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Generational perspective necessary to do policy well

By Kieran Madden


Our view of human nature makes a big difference on which policies we devise and support. “If men were angels,…

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Booming cities, struggling nations

By Kieran Madden


As a football tragic, I’ve been watching many of the World Cup games at ungodly hours these past few weeks….

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