Ban the burqa? An Iranian-New Zealander on why it would be undemocratic and counterproductive

Burqas are so rare in New Zealand that most of us have likely never seen one in real life, but that didn't stop TVNZ asking online readers whether they should be banned outright. Let's worry less about how women choose to dress and more about the ongoing vilification of Muslims in the media, says Donna Miles-Mojab.

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No news is bad news: power ranking the high summer morning shows of our key news broadcasters

It's been a long, lazy summer for many of our morning news outlets, which are finally set to return on Monday after a month off air. But who provided the best holiday cover for Hosking, Ferguson, Espiner and the rest? Duncan Greive grades the breakfast news stand-ins.