The Maxim Institute Podcast is a chance for you to be a part of the conversations our team have as we do research and analysis of politics and policy in New Zealand. From behind the scenes chats about our research, to in depth discussion with our event speakers and experts from New Zealand and around the world, these podcasts will dig in to the deeper ideas that shape the way we live together.
Kieran Madden | Boys Education
The Finnish education system is the envy of the world, yet only 9% of their boys are reading at the highest levels compared with 20% of their girls. In this Maxim Short Cut, we discuss these findings and more with Director of Research and Development Kieran Madden.
Tim Wilson | Anger is the cake of the internet
If anger is the cake of the internet, are we eating like we’re at an all-you-can-eat buffet? In this Maxim Short Cut, we explore this question with Maxim Institute Executive Director Tim Wilson.
Our outrage expresses our search for right and wrong, but how can we channel our anger into being constructive rather than destructive? Words that aren’t swords and positive engagement are the antidote.
'Alapasita Pomelile | Education
In this Maxim Short Cut, we talk to Researcher 'Alapasita Pomelile about the state of our society’s soul as she looks at the results of the latest NCEA pilot programme. Perhaps it’s time to have honest and uncomfortable conversations about the state of New Zealand education. It’s time to review how we train our teachers and ensure our teaching programmes are driven by the Science of teaching and learning—rather than ideology.
Jason Heale | Safety
In this Maxim Short Cut, we talk to Communications Manager Jason Heale about the concept of "safetyism". We all want to (rightly) be safe. We make trade-offs for this safety every day. Are we aware of what they are? Do we understand what these costs entail? Jason explores these questions and more in this Maxim Short Cut.
Marcus Roberts | Mandatory Voting
In this Maxim Short Cut, we talk to Senior Researcher Marcus Roberts about the low voter turnout at the recent local body elections and whether mandatory voting is a viable solution to such civic disengagement.
Jason Heale | Character Test
In this Maxim Short Cut, we talk to Communications Manager Jason Heale about the concept of 'character test' and what it looks like in our democratic society, after an unlikely candidate put his name forward for election to the school board at Te Arati College in Christchurch.
Excellent - NZ Needs More Of These
Great to see another long-form podcast on NZ social issues. Really enjoy the choice of guests so far too. A good complement to other podcasts like RNZ’s The Detail.