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Kieran Madden

Kieran Madden

Kieran Madden

About Kieran Madden

With prior experience in project management and policy, Kieran has led our research team since 2015. Joining Maxim Institute after completing a Master’s in Public Policy from the Crawford School of Economics and Government at ANU, he is now working on a multi-year, multi-level research project on poverty in New Zealand.

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Keeping the “forgotten sector” together

By Kieran Madden


My two-year old daughter hasn’t quite worked out that some things cannot be fixed or brought back to life, no…

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Educational hubs or babysitters clubs

By Kieran Madden


The Alert Level 3 announcement that schools would be opened was met with a collective sigh of relief from some…

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Looking beyond our bubbles

By Kieran Madden


We are in extraordinary times, calling rightly for extraordinary measures. Although our vision of the future is obscured by the…

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Total rugby and the future of work

By Kieran Madden


The futurists are hailing that the “the fourth industrial revolution” is upon us, a time where robots will take over…

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Policy for the people, with the people

By Kieran Madden


While reading about a promising new policy initiative by a bright-eyed non-profit organisation, I did a double-take when I read…

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“Random” answers for poverty prove Nobel-worthy

By Kieran Madden


Far too often, debates on topics that really matter are mired in oversimplification at best, and stagnate in sloganeering at…

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The failure of audacious goals

By Kieran Madden


“Goals are for losers.” I wouldn’t put it quite as provocatively as cartoonist Scott Adams did in his book How…

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Avoiding the election budget “black holes”

By Kieran Madden


In April this year, astrophysicists did the seemingly impossible and took a photo of a black hole. The black hole…

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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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