In response to what has been described as New Zealand's biggest "terrorist" attack, in which 50 people were shot and killed in two mosques in the city of Christchurch, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern declared: "We were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate. We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism. We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things." As a Muslim who grew up in New Zealand, this statement didn't sit well with me. Over the years, I've heard it repeated by Kiwis in a ritualistic fashion, always praising the values of multicultural society. I also hear similar self-congratulatory statements in Australia, where I'm now based. This same narcissistic self-view has often prompted New Zealanders and Australians to declare that I must be "glad" to be in their respective countries. After all, they see Afghanistan, where I come from, as the land of … [Read more...] about The hypocrisy of New Zealand’s ‘this is not us’ claim
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Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 others grievously injured when gunmen entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and opened indiscriminate fire at worshippers, including women and children, who had gathered for Friday prayers. This is the worst attack in the Pacific country's history.New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference that the mosque shootings appeared to be a well-planned "terrorist attack". "This is, and will be, one of New Zealand's darkest days," an ashen-faced Ardern said. The prime minister also said two explosive devices attached to suspect vehicles were found and were disarmed. The mosques on target were the Masjid Al Noor in central Christchurch and another one in suburban Linwood. Trump factor The Australian gunman, identified as Brenton Tarrant, broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video … [Read more...] about Trump factor stands out in New Zealand mosque massacre
Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps? Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Geneticists have begun using old bones to make sweeping claims about the distant past. But their revisions to the human story are making some scholars of prehistory uneasy. A skull found at a prehistoric burial site near Teouma Bay, on the island nation of Vanuatu. Credit Credit David Maurice Smith for The New York Times Supported by ByGideon Lewis-Kraus Jan. 17, 2019 PART I 1. The Ghosts of Teouma A faint aura of destiny seems to hover over Teouma Bay. It’s not so much the landscape, with its ravishing if boilerplate tropical splendor — banana and mango trees, coconut and pandanus palms, bougainvillea, the apprehensive trill of the gray-eared honeyeater — as it is the shape of the harbor itself, which betrays, in the midst of such organic profusion, an aspect of the … [Read more...] about Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps?
New Zealand First will oppose a National Party bill to strengthen second language learning in schools through Government funding, but a language professor says it needs to be encouraged. The bill, proposed by National's education spokesperson Nikki Kaye, aims to strengthen primary and intermediate schools' access to language learning through additional resources provided by the Government for language specialists and online resources. "Learning a language has cognitive, cultural and social benefits and these benefits are becoming increasingly important in a globally connected world," the bill says. Second language proficiency harder after ten, study shows Second languages: Good idea, but can't be done - principals Teachers not ruling out third strike to fix education 'crisis' - NZEI "Under the bill regulations will be made to identify at least 10 priority languages, which will be set following nationwide consultation with communities." NZ First, a coalition partner … [Read more...] about Should schools reinforce second languages? New Zealand First doesn’t think so
THOMAS MANCH Last updated 09:40, August 30 2018 ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF Nory Mosquera Daza, second left, and her family compare the life of danger they once faced in Colombia with the security and friendliness of New Zealand. When Nory Mosquera Daza speaks of her job at a Wellington food manufacturer, where she arrives before her 7am start to set up the day's ingredients, her hands dance in tandem as she mimes operating two machines at once.The job is a joy for the Colombian refugee, but it's more than an offer of a better life. For Mosquera Daza and her children – four of the 5.7 million displaced by 60 years of civil war – it's part of an answer to a question: how they will contribute?Eldest daughter Leidy, 25, is studying English and has in mind a postgraduate degree in human resources as she scans groceries part-time. ROSS … [Read more...] about The cost and value of refugees: are we ready to take on more from troubled lands?