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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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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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Creating poverty-busting opportunites that work for people with disabilities

By Alex Penk


by Alex Penk and Danielle van Dalen This week there’s been a lot of coverage about employment opportunities for people…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Creating work opportunities for people with disabilities to get out of poverty

MEDIA RELEASE: Creating work opportunities for people with disabilities to get out of poverty


Thursday, 23 May In New Zealand people with disabilities earn just half of the average income of people without disabilities….

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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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Think Big 2.0: The Provincial Growth Fund risks turning into a fiasco

By Alex Penk


This article was written by Alex Penk and Julian Wood, and first published on The Spinoff on 26 February, on…

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Media coverage of the launch of “A Risk Worth Taking” Policy Paper

Media coverage of the launch of “A Risk Worth Taking” Policy Paper

By Alex Penk


On the morning of the release of our analysis of the Provincial Growth Fund, our report was featured on the…

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Regional Development Policy Paper – A Risk Worth Taking

By Julian Wood


One year into the $3B Provincial Growth Fund, Maxim Institute’s new research A Risk Worth Taking – Ensuring the Provincial…

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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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Generational perspective necessary to do policy well

By Kieran Madden


Our view of human nature makes a big difference on which policies we devise and support. “If men were angels,…

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Getting serious about loneliness

By Danielle van Dalen


As Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera sang: “Nobody wants to be lonely.” But loneliness is more than just missing spending…

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TOP goes for a walk

By Alex Penk


Gareth Morgan has a point. I know this may be an unpopular view, but hear me out. Last week Morgan…

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Housing Panel – Live Q+A


THREE PERSPECTIVES ON HOW WE MOVE FORWARD A decent, affordable place to live is a basic need for every person,…

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Curing and caring

By Guest Author


“It has become taboo to mention dying,” says Kathryn Mannix, a leading palliative care specialist from the UK. I know…

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Time to take a risk for the regions – Newsroom column

By Alex Penk


To lay out an explanation for the recommendations in our Taking the Right Risks policy paper on regional development, Alex Penk…

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Submission: Child Poverty Reduction Bill

By Kieran Madden


Maxim Institute supports this Bill and proposes amendments to strengthen it. We welcome this Bill and its potential to increase…

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The end of individualism?

By Kieran Madden


In the early nineties, political theorist Francis Fukuyama famously proclaimed the “End of History” was upon us-that western liberal democracy…

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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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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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