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Avoiding the election budget “black holes”

By Kieran Madden


In April this year, astrophysicists did the seemingly impossible and took a photo of a black hole. The black hole…

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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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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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Following the leader

By Kieran Madden


Can you remember that ground-shaking moment during the election campaign when you heard a policy announcement and were persuaded to…

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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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The battle lines for our votes

By Kieran Madden


It’s the economy, stupid. This phrase, coined by one of Bill Clinton’s wily campaign strategists, has done a crude but…

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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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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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MMP refresher – the paths to power

MMP refresher – the paths to power

By Jeremy Vargo


Last week, my friends got into a heated discussion regarding David Cunliffe’s statements about Internet Mana. Mr Cunliffe said he…

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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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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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America Decides

America Decides


Today, in polling places across the US, my fellow Americans will be pulling levers, ticking boxes, or punching cards to…

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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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A Tale of Two Houses: Does MMP mean New Zealand doesn’t need an upper house?

A Tale of Two Houses: Does MMP mean New Zealand doesn’t need an upper house?

By Guest Author


Not all democracies look the same. The type of electoral system we have, and the structure of our Parliament, affect…

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