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Ursula Elisara on foster care, trauma and love


November 2020 we released the latest Flint & Steel. Our an annual magazine contains a collection of feature essays, articles,…

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Facing our truancy epidemic

By Rowan Light


Move over COVID-19, New Zealand is facing a different kind of epidemic. New data released by the Ministry of Education…

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A permanent solution to our seasonal problem

By Julian Wood


In February this year, Maxim Institute called for a shift away from New Zealand’s over-reliance on temporary workers towards investing…

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character skills

Discussion Paper | The Case for Character Skills

By Kieran Madden


“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Success early on in life is about…

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Book Club 4 | Small is Beautiful


In the course of the last generation, mantras of excess have driven our culture of consumption. Bigger is better, greed…

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This Government’s Poverty Problem

By Kieran Madden


Prime Minister Ardern is sitting on a shiny mountain of political capital that would, as one editorial pointed out, make…

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Avoiding America’s political polarisation

By Danielle van Dalen


“I remember when President W. Bush was elected and there were protests in the street calling him a war criminal…

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Flint & Steel | Vol 07


“ON RECOVERY, REPAIR, AND RECONCILIATION”  ABOUT THIS YEAR’S ISSUE: Mess, brokenness, failure. these are ever-present realities that exist alongside the…

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Don’t underestimate humans in the future of work

By Kieran Madden


“Excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake,” reflected tech luminary Elon Musk. “Humans are underrated.” For someone like Musk, whose…

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Book Club | Small is Beautiful


“I thus come to the cheerful conclusion that life, including economic life, is still worth living because it is sufficiently…

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Rowan Light & Ryan Donaldson on youth unemployment


2020 has presented all of us with significant challenges, but as Maxim’s latest research notes, spare a thought for our…

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Half-right no substitute for the whole truth

By Kieran Madden


“A problem well-defined is a problem half-solved,” the saying goes. Caricatures of complex problems on the other hand, lead us…

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The common purpose behind the political bloodsport

By Rowan Light


It’s as reliable as the pub chats following a Bledisloe Cup match. After any general election: the deluge of post-election…

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end of life, end of life choice act, new zealand, 2020 election, referendum

With the future in mind

By Danielle van Dalen


As I hope all New Zealand voters now know, we’re currently being asked to decide not only who will lead…

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end of life, end of life choice act, new zealand, 2020 election, referendum

The context of choice as compassion

By Danielle van Dalen


Conversation around the End of Life Choice Act has often focused on a desire to be compassionate at the end…

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Book Club 3 | Man’s Search For Meaning


This month on the Book Club, our Interim CEO Joanne Abernethy hosts researchers Dr Rowan Light and Danielle van Dalen,…

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end of life, end of life choice act, new zealand, 2020 election, referendum

Not the most restrictive law

By Danielle van Dalen


Advocates of the End of Life Choice Act have suggested that it’s the tightest legislation of its kind, and that…

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Julian Wood on the economy, employment and election promises


Last month we released senior researcher Julian Wood’s latest research paper on Active Labour Market Policies, looking at the ways…

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Creativity needed to support new jobs

By Julian Wood


In the economic battle against COVID-19, there was hope we might all “be home for Christmas;” a hope that wage…

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Discussion Paper | Catching the Tide

By Rowan Light


Young New Zealanders face compounding challenges in their transition to work in 2020. Young people globally are bearing the brunt…

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