Simon Maddison Lost Appeal to Have Emma Returned to NZ

According to an entry made in his Facebook account Simon Maddison lost his appeal to have his daughter Emma returned from Denmark to New Zealand. ” Just wanted to keep you all informed on my struggle to bring Emma home. Unfortunately my Appeal was turned down. The Danish Supreme Court didn’t want to reopen my case,…

New Zealand Criticised For Slavery, Sex Trafficking

“New Zealand’s anti-slavery laws lave been found wanting in a report by the US State Department which says New Zealand is a source of underage girls for the sex trade and a destination for foreign workers subjected to forced labour on fishing boats. The list of abuses is revealed in the department’s annual Trafficking in…

A Better Life For The Kids

Continuing in our series of Migrant Stories: first hand accounts of migrant life in New Zealand, taken from locations around the net. Today’s tale arrived via a message left on this blog. This is Steve’s story, where he tells of a widespread and insidious problem within schools in New Zealand  – bullying. For an update…

Holy Row Over Mary And Joseph Bed And Board

We’ve been holding off commenting on the ridiculous bickering over the distinctly westernised and 21 century depictions of a dejected Joseph and a resigned Mary lying between crisply laundered sheets outside an Auckland church, until now. The boards were supposed make people think about the ‘true’ meaning of Christmas (True? let’s not go there) but…