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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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Three strikes, out

By Alex Penk


The “Three Strikes” legislation is going to be struck out. The new Government has promised to repeal the law in…

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Save Social Investment

By Kieran Madden


National’s Social Investment Approach must stay, but not as we know it. Imagine, for a moment, that policies are cars….

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Using policy to fix things – why gun control isn’t as simple as we’d like

By Danielle van Dalen


The best way to reduce gun violence is through stricter gun control policies, right? Well, perhaps, but not necessarily. A…

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Following the leader

By Kieran Madden


Can you remember that ground-shaking moment during the election campaign when you heard a policy announcement and were persuaded to…

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Dodging the lolly-scramble for power

By Alex Penk


As a kid, there was one word that always got your heart racing and your legs pumping at a community…

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transparency

Taxes, trust, and transparency

By Kieran Madden


“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” This, apparently, was economist John Maynard Keynes’…

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Our politicians must learn what actually makes a difference in education

By Danielle van Dalen


I can clearly remember my favourite teacher. He was a jovial and portly history teacher, who would get incredibly excited…

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The battle lines for our votes

By Kieran Madden


It’s the economy, stupid. This phrase, coined by one of Bill Clinton’s wily campaign strategists, has done a crude but…

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Supporting the village raising our children

By Danielle van Dalen


An African proverb claims that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Labour’s School Leavers’ Toolkit Policy seems an…

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TOP Sail

What’s dragging beneath Gareth Morgan’s new TOP sail?

By Jeremy Vargo


The story of last week was of course, John Key, and the end of his incredible run of political popularity….

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Budget won’t fix lack of vision

By Julian Wood


Last Thursday when I told my son I was going to be home late because it was Budget Day, and…

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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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What we learnt at the Maxim Institute poverty roundtable discussions

What we learnt at the Maxim Institute poverty roundtable discussions

By Kieran Madden


On his way back to the Beehive, Prime Minister John Key took the opportunity to signal that child poverty is…

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Minimum wage, minimal help

Minimum wage, minimal help

By Kieran Madden


With four in ten poor kids living in families where mum or dad is in work, raising the minimum wage…

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A look at Labour’s education plan

A look at Labour’s education plan


Labour leader David Cunliffe pulled the covers off Labour’s shiny new education policy at the recent Labour Party Congress. With…

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Greens put state at the heart

Greens put state at the heart

By Jane Silloway Smith


The Green’s proposed policy to put “schools at the heart” by turning them into food, welfare, health, and other social…

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National’s School Leadership proposal

National’s School Leadership proposal

By Jeremy Vargo


School leadership burst onto the election year programme during John Key’s State of the Nation speech, when he announced $359…

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In good conscience

In good conscience

By Jeremy Vargo


No matter what you think about the proposed gambling legislation currently being considered by Parliament, the Prime Minister’s seeming dismissal…

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