Changing the Story
    How to address poverty now and prevent it in the future


    Full video is now available from our Wellington expert panel discussion. This conversation offers an opportunity to consider what’s being done, and what could be done to change the stories of hardship that are lived out by too many New Zealanders.

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    Delivered by Professor John Hattie


    On Friday, 5 August Professor John Hattie delivered the 2016 Sir John Graham Lecture: Achieving Change - using evidence to empower educators and help students succeed
    Watch the full video of his address and Q+A session. 

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    Uncovering the pathways into and out of disadvantage in New Zealand

    Read the latest paper in our Heart of Poverty Series, by Kieran Madden. 

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ARTICLE - SUBMISSION: Maxim Institute's submission to the Health Select Committee

Since late 2013, Maxim Institute has undertaken a stream of research into the legal and policy arguments regarding euthanasia and the international experience of legalised assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. This submission provides responses to numbers three and four of the Health Select Committee’s Terms of Reference for their inquiry into the ending of one's life in New Zealand. + more

BLOG - Between risk and reality

The annual release of MSD’s suite of income and material well-being reports usually spark a statistical squabble about the number of children or families in poverty (and who is to blame, of course). Much of the debate this year, however, was rightly focused on the rising impact of a lack of housing affordability, as most poverty and hardship trends were considered to be “flat or falling.” This doesn’t make for attention-grabbing headlines. + more

BLOG - "Beautiful as heaven, lonely as hell"

I have heard New Zealand being described as “as beautiful as heaven and as lonely as hell.” If that's so, it doesn’t bode well for us all - as a 2010 study by Holt-Lunstad, Smith, & Layton highlights that the long-term effects of loneliness brought on by social exclusion is “equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day and to drinking six units of alcohol a day.” + more

  • "We desperately need in this country to provide the inspiration and leadership to aspire to be a decent society … in the end, our future as a nation will not, cannot and should not, depend upon structure, but rather on the resolve of character of each one of us as a citizen. "

    - Judge Mick Brown