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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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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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Polling Booth

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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“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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Short Cuts Info – Making people vulnerable

By Danielle van Dalen


How many wrongful deaths are New Zealanders prepared to risk if these practices are legalised? What is the number? What…

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And now, civility

By Danielle van Dalen


Kiwi kids know that good sportsmanship in team sports looks like healthy competition followed by the competing teams shaking hands…

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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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Protesting democracy

Protesting democracy


It’s been an odd week. With Britain’s 52% vote to leave the EU shocking the pollsters, news websites and social…

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Values and voting

Values and voting

By Alex Penk


No-one likes a hypocrite. So when we hear that evangelical Christians in America are voting for Donald Trump , in…

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The reason more important than the change

By Alex Penk


At the height of the Boer War, New Zealanders celebrated the heroism and abilities of our troopers. There was an…

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Choose, and choose wisely

Choose, and choose wisely

By Jeremy Vargo


When I was 10 years old, I volunteered to distribute pamphlets for one of the electorate candidates in our area….

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“Coat-tailing” and other political oddities

“Coat-tailing” and other political oddities

By Jeremy Vargo


What is the deal with “coat-tailing” and all those other little idiosyncrasies of our nation’s MMP system we hear bandied…

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Shouting at elephants

Shouting at elephants

By Kieran Madden


Politics, apparently, makes us stupid. So says Yale academic Dan Kahan and his colleagues in a study that suggested that…

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Normalising suicide

Normalising suicide

By Jane Silloway Smith


Last week the Law Commission presented a report to Parliament concerning suicide reporting by the media. Fearing that the current…

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Who are you reserving a seat in Parliament for?

Who are you reserving a seat in Parliament for?

By Jeremy Vargo


Have you heard of Paul Foster-Bell? Could you pick which party Barbara Stewart belongs to? And is Raymond Huo a…

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This is why politicians don’t really need to care about the opinions of young people

This is why politicians don’t really need to care about the opinions of young people

By Danielle van Dalen


Often the youth of our society are referred to as irresponsible. What really frustrates me about this is that in…

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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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Kicking the tyres: Choosing a voting system for New Zealand

Kicking the tyres: Choosing a voting system for New Zealand

By Steve Thomas


At the 2011 election in November, voters will get the chance to vote in a referendum on whether New Zealand…

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Enhancing MMP: How to improve New Zealand’s current voting system

Enhancing MMP: How to improve New Zealand’s current voting system

By Steve Thomas


New Zealand’s voting system is under review. We have the opportunity to let the Government know how we think it…

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