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Prizewinning Birds Vs. AI

Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 11:53 am | Maxim Institute

By Natasha Baulis, Researcher, Maxim Institute What do the Bird of the Year Awards and the Bletchley AI Summit have in common? More than you might think. Both kicked off this week, and both made it into the global intelligence newsletter in my inbox. ... More >>

How AI Is Changing Democracy: Nudging, Microtargeting, And Epistemic Bubbles

Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 8:52 am | Maxim Institute

Today, Maxim Institute releases our latest discussion paper, “ How AI is changing democracy: nudging, microtargeting, and epistemic bubbles. ” According to the authors, “AI brings many benefits to society that may come to affect nearly every area of ... More >>

Distrust: Rational Or Irrational?

Monday, 18 September 2023, 1:37 pm | Maxim Institute

By Marcus Roberts, Director of Research and Development, Maxim Institute* Trust in media, politicians, the courts, etc., has declined in many countries over the last few years. New Zealand has not been immune to this phenomenon. The Acumen Edelman ... More >>

Our Trust Bust: What It Means For The Election

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 9:38 am | Maxim Institute

By Tim Wilson, Executive Director, Maxim Institute Elections are a contest not solely for power but also for trust. Politicians know this. That’s why National has portrayed the Government as profligate (translation: untrustworthy with money). Here’s leader ... More >>

Demographics, Debt And Deflation In Our Biggest Market

Monday, 28 August 2023, 10:47 am | Maxim Institute

By Marcus Roberts, Director of Research and Development, Maxim Institute* Aotearoa New Zealand’s first-ever security strategy document was unusually frank in its assessment of the geopolitical threats facing us. It went so far as to state that ... More >>

Getting Schooled On Teacher Training

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 11:57 am | Maxim Institute

Education is firmly on political parties’ radars this election. As the ink dries on the Government’s pay agreements with teachers, the Māori Party is campaigning for every school to have at least one Māori member of senior management, ACT has ... More >>

Will Crime Become The New Cost Of Living?

Monday, 24 July 2023, 2:21 pm | Maxim Institute

A rogue shooter loose in a CBD; innocents slaughtered; a city shut down; the perpetrator dying in a fusillade of police fire. Describing the event, the Prime Minister tears up before the cameras. More >>

Fishing For Truth: Consuming News Responsibly

Monday, 19 June 2023, 9:44 am | Maxim Institute

By Natasha Baulis, Researcher, Maxim Institute* Our collective noses have been crinkling at the distinct whiff of something not quite right in the press for some time now, but this week has been a particular corker for unveiling some fishy elements of the ... More >>

Maxim Insitute Rejects Calls To Lower Voting Age

Tuesday, 6 June 2023, 6:00 pm | Maxim Institute

Maxim Institute respectfully disagrees with He Arotake Potitanga Motuhake – Independent Electoral Review’s interim report insofar as it advocates for lowering the minimum voting age from 18 to 16 years. There are indeed many decisions made by Parliament ... More >>

Tea, Ceremony, And The Coronation: The Importance Of Shared History

Tuesday, 9 May 2023, 9:00 am | Maxim Institute

As a foreigner newly arrived here, there's much to delight in, but I don’t think I will ever be able to get behind “gumboot” tea. Don’t get me wrong; I think the analogy is perfect: the tea certainly resembles something that I have poured ... More >>

Predators, Parenting And Privacy: What’s At Stake In The Encryption Debate

Monday, 24 April 2023, 11:57 am | Maxim Institute

By Sisilia Teu, Communications Coordinator, Maxim Institute* The internet has become an essential part of contemporary life, connecting billions of people while revolutionising how we interact, work, and access information. Over the years, the web's benefits ... More >>

Rebuilding The Dam Of Trust

Monday, 17 April 2023, 3:10 pm | Maxim Institute

The 1955 film “The Dam Busters” tells the story of Operation Chastise and the RAF’s plan to destroy Nazi dams with bouncing bombs. In the film’s climactic scenes, bombs go skimming across the water to blow up vital resources and thwart ... More >>

Hedgehog Diplomacy: Our Way Forward In A Militarised World

Tuesday, 11 April 2023, 2:04 pm | Maxim Institute

By Natasha Baulis, Researcher, Maxim Institute* Porcupines are challenging to swallow; they make a great deal of noise and—when threatened—release a chemical stink bomb to deter attackers. They also happen to be pretty unattractive. This spiky rodent ... More >>

The Posie Parker Stouche: Some Positive Lessons For Our Election

Tuesday, 28 March 2023, 4:59 pm | Maxim Institute

By Tim Wilson, Executive Director, Maxim Institute* What does politics produce when mixed with violence and intimidation? Sadly nothing constructive, plus a humungous helping of anger, division, recrimination, spleen and confusion. Oh, and headlines. ... More >>

Bonfires? U-turns? Or Responding To Events?

Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 2:16 pm | Maxim Institute

By Marcus Roberts, Senior Researcher, Maxim Institute Chris Hipkins has been Prime Minister for only two months. In that time, he has already undertaken two policy “bonfires.” Back in February, Hipkins scrapped the proposed merger of RNZ and ... More >>

Attendance Officers Are Back - But Is It Too Little, Too Late?

Monday, 27 February 2023, 4:16 pm | Maxim Institute

By ‘Alapasita Pomelile, Researcher, Maxim Institute* Truancy officers are back—this time rebranded as “Attendance Officers.” According to the Minister of Education, “they’re going back to basics on attendance ” by resourcing those on the ground. ... More >>

In A More Dangerous World, Foreign Policy Becomes A Bread And Butter Issue

Monday, 13 February 2023, 12:08 pm | Maxim Institute

By Marcus Roberts, Senior Researcher, Maxim Institute* If the Government has its way, this year’s election campaign will be focussed on “bread and butter” issues. National and ACT will be planning stump speeches on crime, education, and the health ... More >>

F Is For Fail: Grading The Ministry Of Education’s Flood Response

Tuesday, 7 February 2023, 12:10 pm | Maxim Institute

School, finally, is back this week in the nation’s largest city to howls of relief from many parents and (one hopes) some students also. Yet the resumption of normal service shouldn’t obscure a curious inconsistency. The past few weeks have shown ... More >>

Chris Hipkins’ Trust Challenge

Monday, 23 January 2023, 5:34 pm | Maxim Institute

They say a week is a long time in politics—what a week it’s been. Jacinda Ardern’s resignation as Prime Minister shocked many, given that she said she had “no plans to quit her job.” Her resignation wasn’t the only surprise; now we have a new ... More >>

The Crisis Crisis

Monday, 16 January 2023, 6:36 pm | Maxim Institute

By Alapasita Pomelile, Researcher, Maxim Institute Reflecting on 2022, the word "crisis" comes to mind. In particular, a TV interview where our Prime Minister noted rising living costs and inflation as anything but a crisis . Quite the contrast ... More >>





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