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Rowan Light

Rowan Light

Rowan Light

About Rowan Light

Rowan is a member of Maxim Institute’s research team, with a particular focus on education. He began his study at the University of Auckland and spent time studying in Dublin and Sydney towards his Honours, before being awarded his doctorate in History at the University of Auckland. With a background in tertiary research and teaching, Rowan is passionate about the transformative potential of quality education.

Most Recent Activity

The common purpose behind the political bloodsport

By Rowan Light


It’s as reliable as the pub chats following a Bledisloe Cup match. After any general election: the deluge of post-election…

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Book Club 3 | Man’s Search For Meaning


This month on the Book Club, our Interim CEO Joanne Abernethy hosts researchers Dr Rowan Light and Danielle van Dalen,…

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Discussion Paper | Catching the Tide

By Rowan Light


Young New Zealanders face compounding challenges in their transition to work in 2020. Young people globally are bearing the brunt…

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Catching the tide for “the lockdown generation”

By Rowan Light


As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on, we must attend to the needs of our young people, our taiohi. “Taiohi” in…

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Book Club | Man’s Search For Meaning


“A man who knows the way for his existence will be able to bear almost any how.” INTRODUCTION Viktor Frankl’s…

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Searching for meaning in the lockdown

By Rowan Light


With the sudden return to lockdown, it makes sense that many New Zealanders are experiencing anxiety and despair. Hoarding or…

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History should make us uncomfortable

By Rowan Light


The notion that “history is written by the winner” might seem clichéd but, as the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) crack-down…

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Youth and the whānaungatanga of work

By Rowan Light


How we do help young people who are “off the grid” and have lost connection with the world of work?…

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A truly conservative approach to statues, history, and memory

By Rowan Light


The decision by the Hamilton City Council to remove a statue of its namesake feels like the crest of a…

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Winning the recovery for our young people

By Rowan Light


The government’s recent welfare package provides an important 12-week bridge for New Zealanders who find themselves suddenly out of work…

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Rowan’s op-ed on why the past matters as we face a difficult future

Rowan’s op-ed on why the past matters as we face a difficult future


Rowan’s article highlights the need to look and learn from the past to understand how we can prepare best for…

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Bursting our political bubble

By Rowan Light


Last month, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges provoked a national controversy when he denounced, on his Facebook page, the Prime Minister’s…

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Disruption – more than consensus – has been key to Anzac Day and its history

By Rowan Light


For the second year in a row, Anzac Day is essentially cancelled. In 2019, security concerns following the March 15…

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Rowan Light Podcast


“As one of our last truly public rituals, Anzac Day claims a sacred space in New Zealand’s national attention.” This…

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local election, community, maxim institute

Why Covid-19 calls us back to “communities of memory”

By Rowan Light


As we try to make sense of the pandemic, it’s been interesting seeing people turn to stories. The 2011 film…

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Covid-19 forces us to confront the limitations of our tertiary model

By Rowan Light


The deepening Covid-19 epidemic highlights the connectedness of our globalised world and its fragility. China is a critical junction in…

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Anti-natalism won’t save us from climate change

By Rowan Light


One of my favourite movies of all time is Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 adaptation of PD James’ Children of Men. The…

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Flint & Steel Volume 05 | Magazine Launch

By Maxim Institute


“…IN THE BONDS OF LOVE WE MEET.” It’s a phrase most of us have sung with varying degrees of passion,…

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