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Three strikes, out

By Alex Penk


The “Three Strikes” legislation is going to be struck out. The new Government has promised to repeal the law in…

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Save Social Investment

By Kieran Madden


National’s Social Investment Approach must stay, but not as we know it. Imagine, for a moment, that policies are cars….

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Dodging the lolly-scramble for power

By Alex Penk


As a kid, there was one word that always got your heart racing and your legs pumping at a community…

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transparency

Taxes, trust, and transparency

By Kieran Madden


“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” This, apparently, was economist John Maynard Keynes’…

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Our politicians must learn what actually makes a difference in education

By Danielle van Dalen


I can clearly remember my favourite teacher. He was a jovial and portly history teacher, who would get incredibly excited…

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The battle lines for our votes

By Kieran Madden


It’s the economy, stupid. This phrase, coined by one of Bill Clinton’s wily campaign strategists, has done a crude but…

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Election Panel – Live Q+A


What questions do you want answered before you vote? Hosted by Maxim Institute, in association with AUT Law School, this…

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The Budget partnership between the people and our Government

By Julian Wood


Each year the Budget charts a broad course for the years ahead. It outlines how much money the Government has,…

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The trust trade-off

By Kieran Madden


The Government is going all in on its Social Investment strategy for fixing social ills, but the big data it…

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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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“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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MMP refresher – the paths to power

MMP refresher – the paths to power

By Jeremy Vargo


Last week, my friends got into a heated discussion regarding David Cunliffe’s statements about Internet Mana. Mr Cunliffe said he…

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Cherry-picking statistics for political point-scoring

Cherry-picking statistics for political point-scoring

By Keiran Madden


The much-awaited annual Household Incomes Report (HIR) from the Ministry of Social Development landed last week and has sparked significant…

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What’s happening with National’s school leadership policy?

What’s happening with National’s school leadership policy?


Remember how the National Party announced a $359 million School Leadership policy in January this year? Earlier this month we…

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The story beyond Budget Day

The story beyond Budget Day

By Jeremy Vargo


The news cycle for a new Budget is really quite short. The day it’s announced it’s all go, every news…

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This is why politicians don’t really need to care about the opinions of young people

This is why politicians don’t really need to care about the opinions of young people

By Danielle van Dalen


Often the youth of our society are referred to as irresponsible. What really frustrates me about this is that in…

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Inspired by the evidence

Inspired by the evidence


Sixteen years ago, I got a diligence award from school. I had no idea what diligence was, and when I…

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In good conscience

In good conscience

By Jeremy Vargo


No matter what you think about the proposed gambling legislation currently being considered by Parliament, the Prime Minister’s seeming dismissal…

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Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #2

Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #2

By Steve Thomas


As a form of charter school, the Government’s pilot Partnership Schools, or Kura Hourua, will operate alongside regular state schools….

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Government acts to make housing more affordable

Government acts to make housing more affordable


Helping more New Zealanders to buy their own home is not just about making the Kiwi dream of owning a…

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