Society Archive

On being a better neighbour

Neighbours Day Aotearoa, the annual celebration of neighbourhoods and the power of human connection, starts this weekend. It's a timely reminder of the big rewards that can come from small gestures, writes Sarah Lang.

Can gun control help prevent mass shootings? Look at Australia

It will soon become an offence to own or possess semi-automatic firearms and shotguns with detachable magazines capable of firing more than five cartridges.

I’m struggling to be a journalist in New Zealand right now

The media needs to take some responsibility for the prejudice that Muslims have faced in New Zealand, writes Shilo Kino. 

‘Hate will be undone, and love will redeem us’: Imam Fouda, a week on

Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda today spoke to thousands of people of all faiths at Friday prayers in Hagley Park, a week after the terrorist attack in which many of his worshippers were murdered.

Wear a headscarf today if you respect what it means

Some have argued that non-Muslim women wearing headscarves today is a tokenistic gesture, or that the hijab itself is oppressive to women. A NZ Muslim woman responds.

Attempts to pit NZ religions against each other are doomed to fail

Literal fake news is fuelling attempts to divide New Zealand's religious communities, writes Aaron Hendry.

Final boarding call: Yona Lee’s ‘In Transit’

The fifth work in Yona Lee's In Transit series is currently exhibiting at Wellington's City Gallery. Megan Dunn writes on the aspirations of the piece and how comfortably it sits in a gallery context.

Can we fill the void left by Wellington Central Library?

The sudden closure of Wellington's Central Library was a shock to residents in the capital. Gem Wilder reflects on her love for the library and her hopes for its future.

Taking white nationalists off the internet won’t solve right-wing terrorism

The removal of extremist content alone isn't going to solve the problem of right-wing terrorism. Instead, we need to harness new technology to find such individuals early and intervene.

Multiculturalism and diversity is us

This Race Relations Day, we call on all New Zealanders to take time out of their day to reflect. To stand united in mourning with victims of Christchurch

I cannot forgive the rhetoric that got us here

I want to forgive, but right now all I feel is anger, writes Lamia Imam.

The answer for gun law reform lies across the Tasman at Port Arthur

Australia has had no mass shootings since the 1996 massacre in Tasmania. Not one. New Zealand has much to learn from Australian gun laws, an expert says.

How expressions of white supremacy seep through our society

Sustaining the colonising order has depended on rich narratives that invoke racialised fears and perpetuate myths of Pakeha superiority

The Christchurch terrorism conspiracy theories are not just false. They’re dangerous

No sooner had Police arrested the Christchurch shooter than the conspiracy theories were proliferating like pond scum. Those narratives are not just wrong, but dangerous and self-perpetuating. 

How Christchurch people are working together to support those affected

As Christchurch tries to come to terms with the atrocity perpetrated at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques, the people who call the city home have found novel ways to help those affected.

Extremism is not a mental illness

The terrorist is clearly an extremist, but it is an unfair leap to assume we can blame mental illness for his actions, writes Shaun Robinson of the Mental Health Foundation

Mark Zuckerberg, four days on, your silence on Christchurch is deafening

In New Zealand we're waiting to see if the all-powerful Facebook boss means what he says about 'moral responsibility'

‘Be part of the solution’: NZ internet bosses demands answers from Facebook, Twitter and Google

An open letter from the CEOs of Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees to the global CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google

‘We cannot know your grief, but we can walk with you at every stage’

In the first address to parliament since Friday’s terrorist attack on Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern paid tribute to the Muslim community and pledged to deny the perpetrator the notoriety he craves

Take care of yourself too: some expert advice on feeling a little less terrible

If you're feeling down in the wake of the horrific events of Friday, you're not alone. Here are some simple ways to lift your spirits and look after yourself. 

Lucy Lawless: How to be part of the healing process

At any time, but especially as NZ's Muslim and migrant communities recoil from an inhuman attack, you can play a role, writes Lucy Lawless

Hear their words: Muslim voices on the Christchurch attacks

We highlight some of the best recent writing and most powerful messages from our Muslim community in response to the Christchurch attacks.

Golriz Ghahraman: This is not the New Zealand that welcomed me

History has shown us time and again how atrocity begins with cheap opportunistic hate speech against minorities. It has to stop now