Why New Zealand Is Furious About Australia’s Deportations Policy

The New York Times

New Zealanders are now the largest group inside Australian immigration detention centers, straining one of the world’s closest bilateral relationships.

This story was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Read it online here.

 Photo by David Maurice Smith for The New York Times.

Photo by David Maurice Smith for The New York Times.

New Zealanders Are Still Being Prosecuted for Abortion

VICE

As New Zealand debates whether to decriminalize abortion, figures obtained under the Official Information Act show how many people have been charged and convicted since the laws were established. Full story here.

Mexico's disaster bonds were meant to provide quick cash after hurricanes and earthquakes. But it often hasn’t worked out that way

Los Angeles Times

Mexico might have collected tens of millions worth of recovery funds after hurricanes hit their country, but a storm chaser from Los Angeles unwittingly upended the entire insurance system, keeping the funds secure for investors through a shell company in the Cayman Islands. Full story here. Leer en Español.

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 Storm chaser Josh Morgerman in Los Angeles. Photo by Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Storm chaser Josh Morgerman in Los Angeles. Photo by Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

How every investor lost money on Trump Tower Toronto (but Donald Trump made millions anyway)

Toronto Star

Donald Trump called himself a “genius” for investing in Toronto’s Trump Tower. Behind the scenes, he had no money on the line. The inside story of an unlikely bankruptcy, and the investors who lost everything when they bet on Trump. Full story here.

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About this investigation:

This story was a collaboraton between Columbia Journalism Investigations and the Totonto Star.

We spent months wading through thousands of pages of documents and interviewing sources in the US, UK, Canada and Israel.

Pictured, from left: Susanne Rust (CJI), Rob Cribb (Toronto Star), Sylvia Varnham O'Regan (CJI), Marco Chown Oved (TorontoStar), Micah Maidenberg and Jeremy Blackman (CJI).

 

Can a Thrash Metal Band Help Save the Maori Language?

The Atlantic

Indigenous tongues around the world are under threat—and modern musicians are trying to keep them alive. Full story here.

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Investigation: Disturbing allegations and legal disputes: Inside 'Australia's #1 Life Coaching School'

SBS World News

Exclusive: Former students have spoken out about a cult-like culture of bullying, high-pressure sales tactics and sexual themes at a Melbourne institute that trains people to become life coaches. Full story here.

The targeted erosion of New Zealanders' rights in Australia

SBS World News

On the face of it, Australia and New Zealand are close neighbours, allies and friends.But over the past three decades, successive Australian governments have chipped away at the rights of New Zealanders living in this country through a string of changes to the law. Full story here

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Last asylum seekers moved from Darwin detention centre

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Court rules Manus detention illegal

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Advocates criticize Cambodia refugee agreement after couple return to Iran

Full story here.

Refugee couple settled in Cambodia under $55m deal return to Iran

Full story here.

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NZ citizenship deal to 'screen out the poor', advocacy group says

Full story here.

Doctors urge government not to send children back to Nauru 

Full story here.

'They’re smashing windows': Detainee describes scenes at Christmas Island

Full story here.

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Kiwi mother fighting deportation after living in Australia for 37 years

Full story here.

Feature: The pioneering surgeon who came to Australia on a leaky boat

Full story here.

Op-ed: Dutton's wordplay paints confusing picture about immigration

Full story here.

 

Investigation: A dolphin dead, a marine park under siege

SBS World News

Exclusive: Proposed new legislation will today be unveiled to ban dolphin captivity in New South Wales, following the death of a baby dolphin at a marine park in 2015. Full story here.

Why are so many Australians forced to crowdfund for medical costs?

SBS World News

A growing number of Australians are using crowdfunding websites to raise money for medical costs from family, friends and complete strangers. Has the health system let them down? Full story here.

Celebrities sugar-coat reality of foreign adoption, adult adoptees say

SBS World News

Adults who were adopted from foreign countries as children say there is a lack of support for adoptees in Australia and they feel powerless to have their voices heard. Full story here.

A year without bombs

SBS World News

In 2014, I met Noran Zahrooni, a six-year-old refugee who had just arrived in Australia from war-torn Syria, as he was battling trauma on his first day of school in Sydney. One year on, I went back to visit  Noran. Full story here.

Orphanage tourism: Who are foreign volunteers actually helping?

SBS World News

Cambodia is home to hundreds of orphanages and people travel from around the world to volunteer at them. But experts say rather than doing good, foreign volunteers are driving the forced removal of children from their families. Full story here.

A rape victim's story: Six months of assaults, five years in court

SBS World News

At the age of 14 Amanda* endured six months of sexual assaults by a family friend. Five years later she decided to report the crime. After years of court appearances and cross-examinations, does she feel she got justice? Full story here.

Healing cancer through diet: Patients urged to be wary of 'wellness' bloggers

SBS World News

A Sydney oncologist has warned against using alternative therapies to treat cancer amid the growing popularity of wellness bloggers. Full story here.

Sex-trafficking survivor: 'I like making other people beautiful'

SBS World News

When teenage girl P* was offered a job making coffee in Cambodia’s capital city, she jumped at the chance to escape her poverty-stricken home life. But the job turned out to be forced prostitution and the pay about $2 an hour. Full story here.

Cambodia land disputes: Communities face David and Goliath Battles

SBS World News

All over Cambodia people are embroiled in disputes over land that often pit the government and large companies against small rural communities who are unprepared for the David and Goliath battle they face. Full story here.

What draws foreign travellers to psychedelic drugs in South America?

SBS World News

Some say it’s a life-changing experience that awakens your consciousness. Others say it’s a fast-track way to delirium, vomiting and possibly losing your mind. Whatever the risks, thousands of foreigners flock to South America each year to experience the psychedelic drug ayahuasca. Full story here.

'I'd never slept with a woman and I was going to die'

While New Zealand soldier George Brunton lay wounded on a Belgian battlefield in 1917, he could only think of one thing: his virginity. Full story.

NZ Labour's rising star insists: 'I'm not the new Helen Clark'

SBS World News

She’s been called the rising star of New Zealand’s Labour Party with a faithful following, a dedicated hashtag and a flurry of leadership predictions. But some pundits have questioned whether Jacinda Ardern lives up to the hype. Full story

Escaping the memory of war

SBS World News

I was 17 when I learned the truth about my grandfather's death. Before then, I'd always believed he died of a heart attack at 71. Full story here.