New Zealand Brutal Place for Women and Tourists. Amy Farrall, Niki Honda, Michaela Brandl et al…updated

Another sad reminder today that New Zealand continues to be a brutally unsafe place for women and tourists, whilst Christchurch has a hard time living down its reputation as the nation’s murder capital. Until the National led government recently started interfering with reporting requirements by making “procedural changes that wiped thousands of crimes off the…

Armed Hold Up in Mairgangi Bay ASB Bank

Long considered to be one of the ‘nicer’ parts of Auckland, and very popular with immigrants, the sleepy little suburb of Mairangi Bay is regarded for its little coffee shops and pleasant beach. Today at 11am it gained a more dubious reputation – that of being another North Shore suburb to be troubled by serious crime: the armed hold up…

Migrant Tales – Escape from Retardicon 6, part 1

Continuing in our series of Migrant Tales, first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand. Today’s tale forms the first part of an exciting new series by a guest author. If you have a tale you’d like to share with us please leave your submission in The Agora, along with instructions for how…

Elderly Woman Mugged At Gunpoint in Brown’s Bay

A sad symptom of the crime ridden society we live in today was made manifest by the daylight mugging of an elderly woman in the sleepy suburb of Browns Bay. Browns Bay, a residential area very popular with European and Asian immigrants, has suffered its fair share of bank armed hold-ups (e.g. Westpac) but this…