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More events

Upcoming events

  • Business Implications of the Paris Agreement

    Robert Charnock discusses strategic planning in a new era of climate governance.

    Venue: Old Government Building Lecture Theatre 3

  • Maori, Justice and the 20th Century

    IGPS Senior Associate Len Cook examines how complex population dynamics have affected the experience each generation of Maori has had with State custody.

    Venue: Old Government Building LT3 (GBLT3)

More commentaries

Latest commentaries

  • Don't mention the P-word

    A new piece of inequality research seems to go out of its way to pretend New Zealand doesn't have a structural poverty problem. So politically convenient if this were true, says Max Rashbrooke -- but it isn't.

  • The foreign donation ban isn't enough

    Banning foreign donations is a splendid idea, writes IGPS researcher Pete McKenzie, but under this bill untraceable money will still be corrupting our political system.

  • Our obsequious public service

    Over the past generation, argues Simon Chapple, we have quietly shifted towards a valet public service. The shift constitutes a largely unnoticed power grab by government ministers, to the detriment of the public good.