Here's an example from Auckland University:
And yesterday Johnathon Boston, Professor of Public Policy at Victoria University had a column in the DomPost calling for all the usual left-wing solutions to child poverty.
Nothing new really.
But this pre-budget push from academia illustrates a cemented pillar in the near impenetrable structure of semi-socialist government. Young minds are trained to believe in the power of the collective state over the power of the individual. Hence the growing acceptance of wealth redistribution amongst the middleclasses (especially if it favours them). And the move of National to left of centre.
Given tertiary education is pretty much user-pays, I don't know why this adherence persists.
The feminisation of academia and the public service leap out as possibilities. One day I'd like to explore this theory further...without any public funding.