This is a blog from a progressive perspective on politics, culture, and society – and the future of all of those things – in Aotearoa New Zealand and elsewhere.
My name is Max Harris. I am a New Zealander living and studying in England, but hoping to stay connected to what’s going on back home. I have a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, and am currently an Examination Fellow at All Souls College in Oxford. I grew up in Wellington and overseas (in China and Indonesia), completed a BA/LLB(Hons.) degree in Auckland, and worked at the Supreme Court in Wellington as a clerk for Chief Justice Elias for 18 months before coming overseas. The blog contains contributions I’ve written as well as guest posts from other contributors. In addition to writing I’ve done, the blog contains writing by Andrew Dean, Renee Gerlich, Kinley Salmon, Philip McKibbin, Eliza Prestidge Oldfield, Stephen Dean, and difficult lemon. If you’re interested in contributing or have any feedback, please get in touch with me at mxharris at gmail dot com.
The aspiration for this blog is that it can provide writing that is oriented towards the future of Aotearoa (not just the present); that considers some of the deeper principles and under-currents in politics, culture, and society; and that draws on trends overseas that may be relevant to developments back home. The posts centre mostly around issues of progressive politics, human rights and criminal justice, public policy, New Zealand culture, and constitutional law.