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Dr Kathryn Mannix Podcast


Last year we read a beautiful book called With the End in Mind: dying, death and wisdom in an age…

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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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2019 Sir John Graham Lecture | Across Our Fault Lines


Repairing the brokenness of the past DELIVERED BY: Professor Pumla Gobodo-MadikizelaStellenbosch University 6pm, Friday, 5 July | Pullman HotelAuckland with…

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Don’t leave law to the lawyers

By Alex Penk


One day, a man called John Entick was at home when in walked Nathan Carrington and three other government agents….

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Sir John Graham Lecturer in Weekend Herald

Sir John Graham Lecturer in Weekend Herald


The morning after our 2018 Sir John Graham Lecture, the Weekend Herald ran a piece quoting Dame Sian Elias’ lecture…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2018 |Towards Justice


REFLECTIONS ON THE SYSTEM AND SOCIETY delivered by Chief Justice Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias Across her 46 year career,…

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Honouring Sir John Graham

Honouring Sir John Graham

By Alex Penk


“We join many in New Zealand in remembering and honouring the life of Sir John Graham,” says Maxim Institute CEO,…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2017 | Polls Apart


Reclaiming respect in a time of polarised politics Now the initial jolt has worn off from “shock” election results around…

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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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Sir John Graham Lecture 2015 | Woven Together


Towards a nation of connected cultures Hon Sir Pita Sharples has lived with his feet in two worlds: a pioneering…

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Woven together

Woven together

By Jane Silloway Smith


Every year at Maxim Institute, we host a lecture named after one of Maxim’s founders Sir John Graham. The purpose…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2014 | When Freedoms Collide


A society that values freedom of thought will inevitably find itself at the intersection of competing views of freedom. What…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2013 | <em>The Illusion of Neutrality</em>

Sir John Graham Lecture 2013 | The Illusion of Neutrality


Why maintaining diversity in our public discourse enriches democracy The public square is not a neutral space. New Zealand’s current…

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The Paradox of Constitutional Government

The Paradox of Constitutional Government


Watching the drama of “Obama-care” unfold from a 14,000 kilometre distance it was easy to think the debate was about…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2012 | <em>Can the Ruler Truly Be a Servant?</em>

Sir John Graham Lecture 2012 | Can the Ruler Truly Be a Servant?


The paradox of constitutional government Democracy is a remarkable constitutional idea. With the New Zealand constitution up for review, it…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2011 | <em>Renewing Compassion</em>

Sir John Graham Lecture 2011 | Renewing Compassion


A vision for welfare that frees rather than traps the poor After decades of modern welfare programmes failing to solve…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2008 | <em>Parliamentary Recklessness</em>

Sir John Graham Lecture 2008 | Parliamentary Recklessness


Professor Jeremy Waldron holds degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Otago and a doctorate in jurisprudence from…

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