New Zealand


Third World Disease In A First World Country: Poverty And Acute Rheumatic Fever In New Zealand’s Māori and Pasifika

Acute rheumatic fever (ARF), a ‘third world disease’ found commonly in developing countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, is running rampant among the Māori and Pasifika children of New Zealand (N.Z.). The disease is a complication of Group A Streptococcal infection that affects Māori and Pākehā (New Zealanders of European descent) equally. […]


New Zealand Bans Future Offshore Oil And Gas Exploration

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement on Thursday, April 12, brings New Zealand closer to its goal: a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.  Ardern, as quoted in The New Zealand Herald, stated that: “We’re protecting industry and protecting future generations from climate change. This is a responsible step, which provides certainty for businesses […]


The Realities Of New Zealand’s Child Poverty Problem

Child poverty is a growing global epidemic that continuously puts the world’s most at-risk and vulnerable populations in positions that threaten their health, growth, development, and ability to experience a full childhood and live a full life. Child poverty is not relegated in only underdeveloped countries; a number of evolved […]


Ngā Mōrehu, Survivors Of The State – New Zealand’s Stolen Generation

The subject of abuse within state welfare institutions in New Zealand is finally being addressed. However, the prevalence of Māori in these institutions continues to be treated as a tangential issue. Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy, has underlined that between the 1950s and 1970s almost half of all children […]


Refugees: Pawns On The Chessboard Of Australasia Politics?

Newly elected New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden recently offered to welcome 150 Manus Island and Nauru detainees. The offer comes in response to Australia’s decision to close the detention centres on the 31st October, rendering hundreds of refugees confused and distressed. While the Australian government has proposed alternative accommodation […]


New Zealand & The Pacific – The Reality Of Climate Change Migration

For most states in the international community, the real-life ramifications of climate change seem a distant event, currently disregarded while governments and citizens are faced with more pressing global concerns. For some, however, particularly low-lying Pacific Island nations and the states that surround and support them, climate change is an […]


Australia Rejects New Zealand Offer To Take Stranded Refugees

The Australian government has rejected an offer by its New Zealand counterpart to take in 150 refugees from those now barricading themselves in at the Manus Island facilities. The offer, first made in 2013, would have seen 150 refugees resettled annually in New Zealand. It was reinstated this weekend, with […]


Manus Island: Why Policy Should Account For People

In a decision that has been criticized by his own party, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 Manus Island refugees. After deliberations in Sydney on November 5 with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Mr Turnbull announced that although thankful for the offer, […]