About us

OpenInquiry.nz was established to promote reasoned debate on issues of current societal relevance.

We provide a forum for contributors to present ideas and analyses in the spirit of open inquiry: to investigate ‘any issue that presents itself’ using the tools of reason and evidence. See our list of authors here.

Our intention is to promote rational, good-faith dialogue that does not engage in, or tolerate, ad hominem attacks.  We believe that knowledge advances through debate and discussion, not the suppression of ideas. This holds even if particular ideas are held to be offensive, unwelcome or harmful.

No idea or argument is beyond critical scrutiny. Ideas that are flawed or otherwise objectionable are best exposed through reasoned debate, rather than denunciation.

We share a commitment to the values of open inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge, while recognizing that values and ideas will often come into conflict.

Individual contributors take responsibility for their own contributions to this website. In line with the ‘Chicago Principles’ of free speech, we do not tolerate writing that ‘defames a specific individual, that constitutes a genuine threat or harassment, that unjustifiably invades substantial privacy or confidentiality interests’.