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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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Doing good and making money

Doing good and making money

By Jeremy Vargo


Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting a fascinating New Zealander by the name of Travis O’Keefe. I…

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“How many single mums stay single?” – and other things you find out from quality research

“How many single mums stay single?” – and other things you find out from quality research

By Kieran Madden


On my 30th birthday, a dear friend gifted me a copy of A. A. Milne’s “Now We Are Six.” The…

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Hard evidence

Hard evidence

By Keiran Madden


We all want hard evidence right? The term often shrouds more than it enlightens, suggesting that there is a hierarchy…

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“Sticking Up For Siblings”

“Sticking Up For Siblings”


Should we have another? In a time of ever-rising childcare and housing costs, one major factor considered by parents when…

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Spying amendment lacks foresight

Spying amendment lacks foresight


The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) may not occupy an “enormous, pyramidal structure of white concrete”, but 1984 has been…

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Blunt tools

Blunt tools


Social Justice Minister Paula Bennett announced a raft of proposed legislation this week aimed at protecting children from abuse. The…

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Maxim Institute’s parliamentary term submission

Maxim Institute’s parliamentary term submission

By Keiran Madden


We have just released our submission to the Constitutional Advisory Panel arguing that it’s time for a fixed four-year parliamentary…

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Generational realities

Generational realities

By Jeremy Vargo


Last month my mum had to meet with her sisters to have a difficult discussion. My grandma has reached the…

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