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…

Darfield’s Third World Water Problem

We are appalled that people in the Darfield area are still suffering from outbreaks of gastro-enteric diseases (potentially deadly E.coli, and Campylobacter) that would mimic those experienced in third world countries.  The Selwyn District Council needs to “wake up to its responsibility” and address its recurring water issues, a medical officer of health says. The criticism follows a gastroenteritis outbreak in Darfield that…

Big Shocks Still Felt In Christchurch, Schools Closed

The brave people of Christchurch are still having to endure large aftershocks following yesterday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the city and the surrounding area. Along with a photograph of an exhausted family at the Linwood School emergency shelter, Stuff.co.nz ‘s latest news update said: Some of the largest aftershocks since yesterday morning’s 7.1 earthquake…