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Policy Paper: Creating Opportunity

By Danielle van Dalen


People with disabilities are overlooked in the national conversation on poverty and overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty statistics. They face…

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Changing the way we educate

By Danielle van Dalen


Nelson Mandela is credited with saying: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” It…

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Short Cuts Info – The risk of wrongful death in the End of Life Choice Bill

By Danielle van Dalen


How many people would this Bill make eligible for euthanasia and assisted suicide? First, the Bill seems to ignore the…

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Acknowledging Ability

By Danielle van Dalen


When we talk about poverty, we rarely consider people with disabilities as a group who are particularly at risk. But…

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Discussion Paper: Acknowledging Ability

By Danielle van Dalen


 People who are living with a disability are vastly overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty figures, and 74 percent of those…

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The true cost of getting “Ready for Work”

By Julian Wood


Labour’s “Ready For Work” policy is a great idea. Unveiled at the party’s conference, the plan offers on the job…

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Values and voting

Values and voting

By Alex Penk


No-one likes a hypocrite. So when we hear that evangelical Christians in America are voting for Donald Trump , in…

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Beyond Profit | how the economy can be good for our society


It can’t be all about the money. If we gauge our national success solely on having a growing economy, we…

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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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Dogs aren’t people too

Dogs aren’t people too

By Keiran Madden


Now I’m a dog-person, but this is going way too far.  I admit I wasn’t going to write this post—the…

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