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    Feature and news articles by Max Rashbrooke

    ‘Let’s encourage John Banks to stand again’

    by  • October 20, 2013 • News • 1 Comment

    The diminished power of local councillors, election booklets that have “passed their use-by date” and uncertainty over amalgamation all helped drive turnout to a record low in this year’s local council elections. That was the verdict of Mike Reid, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ)’s principal policy advisor, in a lecture given to the Institute...

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    Wellington set for Living Wage

    by  • October 12, 2013 • Comment • 0 Comments

    Wellington City Council looks set to become the country’s first Living Wage council following last night’s election. Last year it voted in principle to support the idea, and put aside $250,000 for it. Now, on the new fifteen-strong council (including the mayor), nine are in support. Six councillors who voted for the Living Wage...

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    Media like ‘junkyard dog’ says politics lecturer

    by  • August 19, 2013 • Articles, News • 1 Comment

    The New Zealand media is like “a junkyard dog”, sometimes ferocious but with a short attention span, according to Otago University politics lecturer Bryce Edwards. Giving an Institute for Governance and Policy Studies lecture, Edwards discussed his report on the media for the New Zealand National Integrity Assessment, an exercise that looks at the...

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    Green economy ‘meaningful, not mystical’ – visiting expert

    by  • August 11, 2013 • Articles, News • 0 Comments

    A “green” economy is the only realistic way to reverse environmental damage while improving living standards, says a visiting public policy expert. Professor Daniel Fiorino, a leading writer on environmental and public policy issues at the American University in Washington, DC, was in New Zealand as the second Sir Frank Holmes Visiting Fellow. The...

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    Religious voices should not be ‘excluded’ from debate, says departing professor

    by  • July 23, 2013 • Articles, News • 0 Comments

    “Fear and hostility” towards religious values is leaving public debate impoverished, according to Andrew Bradstock, Director of the University of Otago’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues. Professor Bradstock, who is returning shortly to Britain, said the media were often “indifferent” towards religious perspectives, and members of the public frequently feared that religious speakers...

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