New Zealand Is Conspicuous by its Absence from the Economist’s Safe Cities Index. Updated after Riverhead Quarry and Katikati Holiday Park Attacks

Zealand is often marketed to migrants, students and tourists as a “safe place”. However, the country has a problem with crime, poverty and digital security that is more comparable to what one would find in a developing country. If you’re looking for a safe place in these turbulent times you may wish to look for…

Migrant Tales – Heading Back to First World Canada

Continuing in our series of migrant tales – first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand. Today’s tale is from a Canadian, resident in New Zealand for three years. Here’s his reasons for why he’ll be headed home soon. I’m from Canada, and I’d rather spend a winter there where it’s -20C because…

Migrant Tales – NZ Not The Land Of Promise For Me

Welcome to our popular Migrant Tales series – first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand. Today’s tale was sent in by Allen. Allen is Chinese born, emigrated to New Zealand when he was a child and had a pleasant upbringing. He is fluent in English and Mandarin and was relatively unscathed by racism whilst growing…

UARS Comes Down Over Italy

Video of the UARS coming down over Ventimiglia (Liguria) in Italy. The real thing, or a hoax? NASA ‘working to confirm’ satellite touchdown Early Friday, Italy’s civil protection agency warned that the probability of a crash in its northern territory had risen from 0.6 to 1.5 per cent, and urged residents to stay indoors, on…