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Book Club | The Decadent Society


A society that generates a lot of bad movies need not be decadent; a society that just makes the same…

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Political “race to the middle” bereft of vision

By Alex Penk


Who is the real “party of infrastructure”? Is it Labour, who just announced that they’ll spend billions on roads and…

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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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Is there demand for a tourist tax?

By Danielle van Dalen


I’m no economist, but even I know that basic economic theory says that as the price for a product increases,…

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Beware the consequences of the waka-jumping bill

By Danielle van Dalen


Like many, my first introduction to politics was through a class election. My group decided our key campaign promise was…

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“Stay woke”

By Alex Penk


In a recent video, Barack Obama warned voters about “fake news,” telling us “to be more vigilant with what we…

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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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What are you reading?

By Jeremy Vargo


As we approach the election season, I’ve noticed a distinct uptick in the number of messages I’m seeing from the…

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Like a bickering couple, we need to find healthy ways to disagree about politics

By Alex Penk


Elections bring out conflict and some of it can be really damaging. Because we’re living together, we’re building a shared…

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Setting the Scene | The Problem of Poverty

By Kieran Madden


INTRODUCTION How we understand, define, and measure poverty matters. Poverty, especially in developed countries like New Zealand, is complex and…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2014 | When Freedoms Collide


A society that values freedom of thought will inevitably find itself at the intersection of competing views of freedom. What…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2012 | <em>Can the Ruler Truly Be a Servant?</em>

Sir John Graham Lecture 2012 | Can the Ruler Truly Be a Servant?


The paradox of constitutional government Democracy is a remarkable constitutional idea. With the New Zealand constitution up for review, it…

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