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…

Top Cricketer Charged with Rape and Indecent Assault

  “Top Waikato cricketer” Scott Kuggeleijn has been charged with rape and indecent assault. Northern Districts cricketer Scott Christopher Kuggeleijn was represented by Philip Morgan QC, when he appeared before community magistrate Susan Hovell in the Hamilton District Court on Tuesday. Kuggeleijn pleaded not guilty to one charge of sexual violation by rape, and one charge of indecent…

Palmerston North – Still Not a Safe City, Especially for Women

  Thinking about studying in Palmerston North? until it gets its crime problem sorted out look elsewhere. Our regulars will remember the censorship of Palmerston North’s Wikipedia page to remove all mention of crime because it was putting off professionals from settling in the township. If only it were that easy to remove the criminals…

Diplomat Gets Name Suppression in NZ, Burglary and Attempted Rape Allegations Will Not Interfere with Trade. Malaysia Talks Openly

Update: The man was later named in a New Zealand Herald report as “Muhammed Rizalman Bin Ismail, a junior military official at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington…” source A diplomat has been given name suppression in New Zealand for alleged burglary and the attempted rape of a woman in Wellington. Diplomatic immunity case now officially…