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 - What's dragging beneath Gareth Morgan's new TOP sail?

Gareth Morgan’s proposed tax change is conceived as a beautiful sail that will propel us forward. But until he provides details of how it could be administrated with similar efficiency, it is destined to simply be an unused kite, dead in the water. + more

BLOG - The 'un-meat' needs of our regions

We have all seen the future in movies, you push a button, or say “chicken” to a box in the wall and “chicken” magically appears on a plate. Dr Bosworth argues the future of science promises unlimited lab cultured or 3D printed food at our fingertips. Mass produced, low carbon, low guilt food heaven. However, this utopian scenario assumes that everybody will hunger for mass produced, low carbon, low guilt food options. + more

BLOG - Removing the barriers

As Shawn Fremstad of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research states: “disability is both a fundamental cause and consequence of income poverty.” With the need to pay for extra support, medical bills, and specialty equipment, the cost of living for people with disabilities can be incredibly high. Place this alongside a low income as a result of “job loss and reduced earnings, [as well as] barriers to education and skills development” and the result for many people with disabilities is poverty and isolation from society. + more

BLOG - The public square vs the voting booth

Why was Donald Trump’s election so surprising? One obvious reason is that he was completely unfit to be president. Less obvious is the fact that so much of what is now said and assumed in public life implied that his ideas were out-of-touch with the majority, with reality, and with the future. But as the election showed us, the consensus positions of public life turned out to be out-of-touch with a huge number of American voters. There’s a problem with our public conversations, and it points to a lesson for New Zealand. + 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