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.
Maryanne Spurdle | Winston vs. the media (again): The trust dust-up
Winston Peters is back at it again, taking shots at the media by accusing them of accepting a $55 million bribe. Researcher Maryanne Spurdle underscores the critical role that perception and trust play in the survival of media outlets.
Marcus Roberts | Yes/No: The right way to go?
ACT’s policy to hold a referendum on the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi was undoubtedly one of the most contentious of the election. In this week's podcast, Marcus Roberts argues that referenda have intuitive appeal, but putting every issue to a public vote often only highlights the tension between majority and minority.
Jason Heale | Should Free Speech Have Limits?
Words can have negative consequences, but is the solution more free speech or less? Communications Manager Jason Heale reveals the importance of free speech in light of Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick's use of a phrase found in Hamas' 2017 constitution.
Natasha Baulis | Prizewinning Birds Vs. AI
Researcher Natasha Baulis explains the thinking behind her column, 'Prizewinning Birds Vs. AI.' Researcher Natasha Baulis urges a re-evaluation of our country’s attitude toward AI, especially given our lack of AI-specific laws. There is too much to lose if we do not. Not least of all, the integrity of the Bird of the Year award.
Marcus Roberts | The Global Gloaming
Director of Research and Development Marcus Roberts explains the thought behind his column, ‘The Global Gloaming.’ He explains how New Zealand is being drawn into a multipolar world where hard power is increasingly important. In this changing global environment, threats abound for a small, isolated trading nation like ours.
2023 Sir John Graham Lecture | Rebuilding Trust: Populists, Elitists, and the Future of our Democracy
Declining trust is a pressing issue in today's world. In our thought-provoking 2023 Sir John Graham Lecture, Associate Professor Tom Simpson explores the possibility of forging a new consensus built on trust in a world marked by increasing polarisation.
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.