The New Zealand Project
By any measure, New Zealand must confront some monumental issues in the years ahead. From the future of work to climate change, geopolitical upheaval to housing affordability, wealth inequality to new populism - these challenges are complex and even unprecedented in their scope. Yet why, as Max Harris argues in this far-sighted book, does New Zealand's political thinking and discussion often seem so diminished? Do we even possess the political means and imagination to match the enormity of these issues? And why is this gap particularly apparent to young New Zealanders?In this bold and enlivening work, Harris's attempt to find answers to these questions evolves into his own 'New Zealand project'. The book represents, from the perspective of a brilliant young New Zealander, a vision for how this country and all of its people can best overcome and prosper from the challenges ahead. It calls for a centring of values-based politics: in particular, a politics grounded in care, community, and creativity. Unashamedly idealistic, The New Zealand Project ultimately does not seek to prescribe a new future but instead kick-start a fresh and bigger conversation about how to improve the country - and the world - we all inhabit now.
Max Harris is currently an Examination Fellow at All Souls College in Oxford. He completed a Master of Public Policy and Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford while on a New Zealand Rhodes Scholarship from 2012-2014, and a Law/Arts conjoint degree (with Honours in Law) at the University of Auckland from 2006-2010. Harris worked at the Supreme Court of New Zealand as a clerk for Chief Justice Elias in 2011-2012. He has also completed short stints of work at the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet (in early 2008, as a speechwriting intern), the law firm Russell McVeagh (in late 2008-2009), the Australian National University in Canberra (as a summer scholar, in late 2009-2010), the American Civil Liberties Union in New York (late 2010-2011), and Helen Clark's Executive Office at the United Nations Development Programme (in July-August 2014).
1. The New Zealand Project2. Winds From the North, South, West and East: Global Forces and Frictions Shaping New Zealand Politics3. New Zealand and the World4. A New Framework for Economic Policy5. On Decolonisation, Constitutions and 'Race Relations'6. Social Infrastructure in Aotearoa New Zealand: Health, Education and Housing7. Justice Means More than Revenge8. The Politics of Love - and the Changing World of Work9. 'Clean and Green'? - Environmental Politics and Policy10. Genders, Masculinities and Sexualities in Aotearoa New Zealand11. People Power12. Taking the New Zealand Project Forward