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Beware the cult of youth

By Danielle van Dalen


To get a vision of what society values, take a look at a magazine stand. Looking across the cover images…

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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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Good migration policy is about more than just jobs

By Julian Wood


Recent political posturing over partnership visas and arranged marriages is a troubling distraction that derails the real, necessary debates we…

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Government should not allow further overreach from Court

By Alex Penk


The Opposition just rolled out the usual tough-on-crime rhetoric disconnected from evidenced-based solutions, announcing that it’s “time to smash the…

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Euthanasia too great a risk for people with disabilities

By Danielle van Dalen


With a final amended version of the End of Life Choice Bill expected to be voted on next month, potentially…

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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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Alex’s op-ed on End of Life Choice Bill referendum

Alex’s op-ed on End of Life Choice Bill referendum


Alex’s article highlights the decision that MPs will make on Wednesday about the referendum for End of Life Choice Bill….

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Flint & Steel Volume 06 | Magazine Launch


“… on vocation, working, and living”  “So what do you do?” These five words are the most predictable starting point of getting-to-know-you…

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Participate in, don’t just consume community

By Danielle van Dalen


Every time the local elections roll around I read through that little booklet of candidates and find it difficult to…

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Max Rashbrooke Podcast


New Zealand expert in poverty and inequality Max Rashbrooke sits down with our CEO Alex Penk and Research Manager, Kieran…

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Introducing the Maxim Institute Podcast


Welcome to the Maxim Institute Podcast. We are so excited to be launching this new podcast. In this series we…

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Naked politics blocks decent policy-making

By Alex Penk


There’s been a lot of cynicism about the Provincial Growth Fund, and last week Minister Shane Jones went a long…

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MIC 11 | Hate speech vs free speech


Freedom, Responsibility and Public Debate We hosted David Hall, Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory at AUT and an Associate…

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Census success needs all of us

By Danielle van Dalen


Imagine if you could influence funding for the healthcare you receive, or for the schools your children attend, with just…

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Review our reliance on temporary workers

By Julian Wood


New Zealanders are heavy users of temporary work migration, so it was disappointing that no-one seriously discussed this last week…

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Choices, consequences, and euthanasia

By Alex Penk


“You see, the reality is that for every choice, there is a consequence.” As the End of Life Choice Bill…

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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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Checking our climate blind spots

By Julian Wood


When it comes to emissions it is easy for us to obsess about factories and farmers as if these activities…

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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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NZ Herald feature Alex’s column on rage and civility

NZ Herald feature Alex’s column on rage and civility


Alex’s article was printed as guest editorial in the Bay of Plenty Times and the Rotorua Daily post on the…

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