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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 WHERE: Horse & Trap – 3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden, AUCKLAND WHEN: Wednesday 30th October, 6:30PM…

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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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Recommendations | Defining and measuring what it means to be poor in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


DEFINITION AND MEASUREMENT   Defining Poverty: A definition of poverty cannot capture “everything in the world we don’t like,” as one…

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Defining and measuring what it means to be poor in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


INTRODUCTION Who is poor? How did they get there, and how has poverty damaged their lives? The first paper in…

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Drawing the Line | Measuring Poverty

By Kieran Madden


Just as there is no one accepted definition of poverty, there is also no one measure of poverty. Measures of…

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The Looking Glass | Defining Poverty

By Kieran Madden


DEFINITIONS Defining poverty is about distinguishing between those who are poor and those who aren’t, and is an exercise in…

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Digging Deeper | Understanding Poverty

By Kieran Madden


Most of us are swimming in ideological waters without even knowing it, and this immersion shapes to some extent how…

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Setting the Scene | The Problem of Poverty

By Kieran Madden


INTRODUCTION How we understand, define, and measure poverty matters. Poverty, especially in developed countries like New Zealand, is complex and…

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Removing rage from our public debates

By Alex Penk


Rage against the machine. Stick it to the man. If you’re not for us, you’re against us. They’re familiar sayings,…

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