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End Of Life | Referendum Short Cuts


This page is an overview of most of the information and research we have produced over the last four years…

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Looking beyond our bubbles

By Kieran Madden


We are in extraordinary times, calling rightly for extraordinary measures. Although our vision of the future is obscured by the…

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The Politics of Diving

By Kieran Madden


Soccer goalkeepers sure look spectacular with their acrobatic dives during penalties, but studies show that simply standing in the middle…

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Two-and-a-half cheers for child poverty bill

By Alex Penk


I was born at the tail-end of Gen X, so I grew up with a pop culture saturated by “fear…

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Shaking off stardust politics

By Kieran Madden


Famously elusive about her political leanings, pop sensation Taylor Swift recently went beyond her usual neutral get-out-and-vote message to endorse…

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Better the ballot box we know

By Danielle van Dalen


When online banking was first introduced, my Dad was sceptical. He worried there would be problems with security, access, and…

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Losing All Blacks nothing to fear

By Julian Wood


In a surprise move, a group of the top 1 percent of male New Zealand income earners are appealing for…

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Mana in Mahi isn’t your average work-for-the-dole scheme

By Kieran Madden


Translated to “strength in work,” Labour’s Mana in Māhī scheme shows real potential to make a difference in the lives…

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Media Release: Euthanasia bill flawed from the start

By Maxim Institute


“David Seymour’s private member’s bill is based on an illusion. It assumes that it’s possible to create safeguards around assisted…

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Educational gains in charter schools are still gains

Educational gains in charter schools are still gains


I was interested to note the similarities between the statement offered by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) in Tuesday’s…

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Poverty myth-busting

Poverty myth-busting


The way the Western world views poverty, the poor, and welfare is changing. New studies show that successive generations are…

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“Which one of you is Malala?”

“Which one of you is Malala?”


You could say Malala Yousafzai has an abnormal profile for a 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl. These days her name has become…

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Sallies’ State of the Nation

Sallies’ State of the Nation


The Salvation Army has published its annual “state of the nation” report into those social issues it deems most pressing…

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In praise of partnership schools

In praise of partnership schools


Let’s face it: most media coverage on partnership schools kura hourua has been negative. If we track press releases, news…

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Davos Summit round-up

Davos Summit round-up

By Keiran Madden


Alighting from private jets in Zurich, the business and political elite gathered again this year to improve the state of…

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