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The little things that can change us

By Alex Penk


Last weekend, my daughter was shrieking in my ear with a mixture of delight and fear as we skimmed across…

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

By Kieran Madden


Translated to “strength in work,” Labour’s Mana in Mahi 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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The age of misinformation

By Kieran Madden


“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?” lamented the poet T.S. Eliot. “Where is the knowledge we have…

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The $64,000 question

By Julian Wood


As my colleague discussed in a recent column, we have to be careful that our desire to punish offenders and…

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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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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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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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Why civility should be key in politics

By Alex Penk


Check out Alex’s latest column on stuff.co.nz, originally printed in The Press. When Bill English resigned from Parliament, he prompted…

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Alex Penk on Radio Live – Reducing child poverty

Alex Penk on Radio Live – Reducing child poverty

By Alex Penk


Ahead of the Government announcing its child poverty reduction law, CEO Alex Penk spoke with Mark Sainsbury to help define child…

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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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Short Cuts Info – Not a common law

By Danielle van Dalen


Where in the world is this practice legal? How often is this considered by other jurisdictions? Of a total 252…

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Short Cuts Info – A clear boundary isn’t possible

By Danielle van Dalen


Are we willing to create a law which distinguishes between those whose life is worthy of protection from suicide and…

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