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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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Takeaway Coffee

Convenience culture needs to die

By Guest Author


About two years ago, I made the decision to refuse takeaway coffee cups. As part of reducing the unnecessary waste…

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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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“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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Labour’s courageous move on poverty

By Jeremy Vargo


Labour’s announcement last week of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill was almost instantly hailed by many as a huge step…

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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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Kieran Madden on Radio New Zealand

Kieran Madden on Radio New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


Kieran Madden recently joined Radio New Zealand to discuss the issues of poverty. He argues that the Labour Government must stick…

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We deserve the whole story on euthanasia laws

By Danielle van Dalen


Like New Zealand, some of our neighbours across the ditch have recently been debating whether to legalise euthanasia and assisted…

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Cigarettes becoming too hot to handle for dairies

By Julian Wood


Cigarettes, while not worth their weight in gold, are now worth one and a half times their weight in silver,…

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Investing in people, regardless of return

By Julian Wood


Like the proverbial frog in the slowly heating pot, many of us are blissfully unaware of the change currently going…

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Poverty in New Zealand – The Heart of Poverty research series

By Kieran Madden


Every society tells a story about the good life, getting a fair go, or what it takes to live well. Sadly,…

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Welfare to work?

By Kieran Madden


Just where do people go when they move off a benefit? It’s a serious question that demands an answer. Why?…

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Stretching the potential of flexible work

By Danielle van Dalen


“All we really want is a little control – and to make that 6 o’clock yoga class once in a…

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Beyond Profit | how the economy can be good for our society


It can’t be all about the money. If we gauge our national success solely on having a growing economy, we…

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Talk is cheap

Talk is cheap

By Kieran Madden


Talk is cheap. This is particularly true at election time, where there is certainly no shortage of talk. There is…

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“How many single mums stay single?” – and other things you find out from quality research

“How many single mums stay single?” – and other things you find out from quality research

By Kieran Madden


On my 30th birthday, a dear friend gifted me a copy of A. A. Milne’s “Now We Are Six.” The…

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A tale of two poverty discussions

A tale of two poverty discussions

By Kieran Madden


Over the past few weeks much discussion has been occurring in both the US and here in New Zealand about…

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Time to wake up to gang problems in the UK

Time to wake up to gang problems in the UK


A year on from the riots that rocked the UK, a report has come out showing little progress has been…

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Does income inequality matter?

Does income inequality matter?


Australian economist, now Labour MP, Andrew Leigh spoke at the Sydney Institute recently on the subject of “Why Inequality Matters,…

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