124 episodes

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.

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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.

    Thomas Scrimgeour | Between the devil and the deep blue sea

    Thomas Scrimgeour | Between the devil and the deep blue sea

    Is there a lesson for the National Party in the demise of the UK Tories? Researcher Thomas Scrimgeour suggests that Prime Minister Christopher Luxon must carefully consider whether to lead as a "moderate" or a "reformer". National may find themselves without many fans if Luxon fails to cast a vision more comprehensive than simply getting the country "back on track”.

    Read⁠ the column on our website and ⁠watch⁠ the video podcast on YouTube.

    • 13 min
    Jason Heale | A Prescription for Our Defence (and other) Ills: Conscription

    Jason Heale | A Prescription for Our Defence (and other) Ills: Conscription

    As global tensions escalate, Communications Manager Jason Heale advocates for compulsory military service in New Zealand. He argues that this initiative would bolster national defence readiness, encourage social unity, and drive economic development.

    Read the column on our website and watch the video podcast on YouTube.

    • 17 min
    Josiah Brown | Crime’s jigsaw: The missing pieces

    Josiah Brown | Crime’s jigsaw: The missing pieces

    Auckland CBD is experiencing an exodus, with businesses fleeing and retail offences soaring. Communications Coordinator Josiah Brown warns against tunnel vision when addressing our crime problem, advocating for a more comprehensive approach. He emphasises the need to repair broken families and strengthen community structures for effective reintegration and long-term crime prevention.

    • 14 min
    Tim Wilson | How to see through squid ink

    Tim Wilson | How to see through squid ink

    Executive Director Tim Wilson analyses the deceptive tactic of "squid ink," which is used to blur facts and manipulate debates, often employed by vested interests to their own advantage. Using the recent controversy between universities and the Education Review Office as a case study, he demonstrates how "ink" is used to defend institutional turf and offers a practical framework for identifying the real motives often obscured by rhetoric in a variety of policy debates.

    • 12 min
    Maryanne Spurdle | Everyone pays when speech isn’t free

    Maryanne Spurdle | Everyone pays when speech isn’t free

    Freedom of speech is vital for a healthy society, but it's under threat. Researcher Maryanne Spurdle examines recent incidents where free speech was stifled and makes the compelling case that respectful engagement with ideas - even those we disagree with - is necessary to avoid intellectual wastelands that hinder the pursuit of truth.

    • 17 min
    Dr Stephanie Worboys | Why Trust is a Must

    Dr Stephanie Worboys | Why Trust is a Must

    Trust in New Zealand’s political system is plummeting, with statistics revealing low public engagement and a majority belief that Parliament is not representative. Researcher Dr Stephanie Worboys says we can rebuild trust by limiting the use of urgency to pass laws and finding representatives who advocate for what matters to us.

    • 14 min

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