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MIC 08 | The experts against euthanasia


With David Seymour’s End of Life Choices Bill up for a first reading in Parliament, legal assisted suicide is firmly on…

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Urban/rural split could lead to political polarisation

By Alex Penk


Alex’s latest op-ed features in The Christchurch Press, where he discusses the political and social risks of growing demographic rifts between…

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“Urban/rural split could lead to political polarisation” – Alex Penk in The Press

“Urban/rural split could lead to political polarisation” – Alex Penk in The Press


Alex’s latest op-ed features in The Christchurch Press, where he discusses the political and social risks of growing demographic rifts between…

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Tax the robots?

By Julian Wood


We’re now quite used to dire predictions concerning the future of work, job stability, and automation. As far back as…

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Growing Beyond Growth | Rethinking the goals of regional development in New Zealand

By Julian Wood


New Zealand is already feeling the effects of an oncoming wave of economic and demographic change which should dramatically influence…

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Poverty in New Zealand | The Heart of Poverty

By Kieran Madden


Research Series Every society tells a story about the good life, getting a fair go, or what it takes to live…

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The regional role of iwi

By Julian Wood


Bill English has made a splash in the last few days, both for his sheep shearing skills and his first-time…

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Lessons from America

By Kieran Madden


While most of us have experienced holding our nose as we vote, our American friends are, as usual, taking it…

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Not helping harms us

By Julian Wood


Last week the Hamilton Central Business Association enacted the “Your Help May Harm” campaign, aiming “to educate the public on the…

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Posturing doesn’t help those facing poverty

Posturing doesn’t help those facing poverty

By Alex Penk


“I know that’s not PC, but you know, that’s me,” said Judith Collins last week as she commented on child…

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Working hard, still struggling

Working hard, still struggling

By Danielle van Dalen


In New Zealand’s poverty debate, work is often touted as the silver bullet solution, the one thing that will solve…

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Ka pai, Oranga Tamariki

By Kieran Madden


Contrary to the sticks and stones rhyme from our childhood, we all know that names can hurt. Names are not…

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Clear expectations

Clear expectations

By Julian Wood


The Reserve Bank has done a fantastic job over the last 27 years, doing what it is supposed to do…

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Seeing the person, not the problem

Seeing the person, not the problem

By Danielle van Dalen


Politics and policies can change lives. However, policy is just an idea until people do something to enact it. For…

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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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Social insecurity

Social insecurity

By Kieran Madden


Humans deeply yearn for security. Safety, in both its physical and economic forms, is solidly perched just above physical survival…

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“Trust me” – politics can be better

“Trust me” – politics can be better

By Danielle van Dalen


With one political event after another falling victim to anti-establishment sentiments, I have to ask, is New Zealand next? A…

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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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The Heart of Poverty Series #3: Uncovering the pathways in to and out of disadvantage in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


Around 10 to 15 percent of New Zealand families are stuck in persistent poverty that will keep them trapped there…

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Values and voting

Values and voting

By Alex Penk


No-one likes a hypocrite. So when we hear that evangelical Christians in America are voting for Donald Trump , in…

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