Madeleine Holden

Madeleine Holden is a lawyer and writer from New Zealand, currently based in London.

Music
Jan 17, 2018

Sociology, saunas, lentils: Getting to know innovative R&B artist Kelela

Madeleine Holden talks to Kelela ahead of her Auckland show this week.

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Media
Nov 22, 2017

Why is Sky bringing Tony Veitch back to our TVs?

Convicted domestic abuser Tony Veitch is returning to television, he has announced. Madeleine Holden wonders why abusers like Veitch continue to be given prominent public platforms.

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Television
Nov 9, 2017

How does Outrageous Fortune hold up in 2017?

Seven years ago, Outrageous Fortune ended forever. To mark the occasion, Madeleine Holden rewatched the whole series to see how well it has aged. 

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Politics
Oct 2, 2017

The many styles of sexism in Election 2017: a retrospective

It finished over a week ago, yet we still all feel a bit gross. Madeleine Holden has compiled a handy list of the worst sexism of Election 2017.

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Society
Sep 9, 2017

Rene Naufahu and the Groundhog Day nature of sexual offending cases

Following local actor Rene Naufahu's guilty plea to charges of indecent assault, Madeleine Holden looks at the pattern that occurs when prominent men are accused of sexual abuse, and the role that both the media and the public play in perpetuating rape culture. 

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Politics
Aug 9, 2017

A hard look at Gareth Morgan’s plan to save New Zealand’s renters

The Opportunities Party wants to bring German-style renter protection laws to New Zealand – and that's great, says Berlin-based New Zealander Maddie Holden. But how exactly does that policy fit with Gareth Morgan's devotion to neoliberal economics?

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Politics
Aug 2, 2017

An incomplete account of the sexism in Jacinda Ardern’s first 24 hours as Labour leader

It's 24 hours since Jacinda Ardern assumed leadership of the Labour Party. Maddie Holden looks back at the waves of sexism that elicited from opposition MPs, media and others.

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Society
Jul 19, 2017

The case for marijuana reparations

As the legalisation of cannabis edges closer to reality, some savvy entrepreneurs are getting ready to cash in. But what about the tens of thousands who've suffered mentally, physically and financially under our marijuana laws? Madeleine Holden argues the case for post-legalisation reparations.

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Society
Dec 15, 2016

Three surgeries every two years: NZ’s shameful 50-year waitlist for gender reassignment surgery

Trans people remain one of New Zealand most discriminated-against groups – and nowhere more so than in the provision of healthcare. Why are people in desperate need continuing to wait decades for potentially life-saving surgery, asks Madeleine Holden.

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Society
Aug 17, 2016

The Kuggeleijn case and the simple concepts we still don’t understand about consent

The Scott Kuggeleijn case is the latest example in a long history of damaging misconceptions about consent in this country. Lawyer Madeleine Holden argues why we need to improve the conversation around rape culture, and fast.

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Society
Jul 6, 2016

‘I just wanted to be heard’: why survivors are outing their abusers online

Given the failings of the legal system to prosecute sexual offences, some survivors of sexual violence and abuse are choosing to bypass the process altogether and speak out about their abuse online. Madeleine Holden explores this growing phenomenon.

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Society
Jun 20, 2016

Omar Mateen and the convenient myth of the violent, self-hating ‘closet homosexual’

Madeleine Holden examines the damaging narratives that have surfaced in response to Orlando attacker Omar Mateen's personal life.

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Society
Jun 8, 2016

‘This is how you raise a rapist’: on the culture which created Brock Turner

The statements of Stanford student athlete and rapist Brock Turner’s family and friends point to the poisoned atmosphere which helps prominent men believe they are entitled to rape, says Madeleine Holden.

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Society
May 24, 2016

It’s not like Deuce Bigalow: The reality of living with Tourette Syndrome

It's currently Tourette's awareness month in New Zealand. Madeleine Holden talks to two women, Lorena and Beth, on living with the misunderstood syndrome.

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Apr 15, 2016

Hard cases make bad law: Why we shouldn’t rush to lower the age of consent

There are calls for New Zealand's age of consent to be lowered. Madeleine Holden argues impulsive law-making is a bad idea.

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Society
Mar 18, 2016

What “bogan” baby names reveal about New Zealand’s lingering class divide

What's the difference between a "normal" name and a "bogan" one? A few hundred years and many thousand dollars in household income, says Madeleine Holden.

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