New Zealand

Why Maori are singing their love for Judaism

By Miriam Bell, September 18, 2015

Emotional and spiritual connections between Jewish people and Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, have long been observed and recorded.

Ties go back to the arrival of New Zealand's early settlers and, with them, Christianity. Traditionally, Maori recognised a pantheon of gods and were, therefore, willing to incorporate Christianity into their belief system.


Auckland community's barmitzvah surprise

By JC Reporter, August 28, 2015

A chance conversation between Holocaust survivor Shmuel Rothbard and Rabbi Nathanel Friedler of New Zealand’s Auckland Hebrew Congregation (AHC) set the wheels in motion for a spontaneous barmitzvah celebration almost 70 years after it was started.


Being a Jew in New Zealand requires a strong DIY culture

By Miriam Bell, August 27, 2015

It's not easy being Jewish at the bottom of the world.

Living on an isolated island in the Pacific Ocean poses some weighty geographical and cultural challenges for New Zealand's Jewish community.

These challenges are further complicated by the fact the community itself is a relatively small one, numbering around 8,500, according to the most recent census.


Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted


'Predatory' firm gets boot

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

An unnamed Israeli cosmetics company has been ordered out of several shopping centres in New Zealand after a TV show alleged that its staff have used heavy-handed tactics.

News show Campbell Live claimed last Friday that employees of the company that sells products under the name "Dead Sea Spa" were using "predatory" sales techniques.


Bodies of telecoms boss and wife recovered near New Zealand

By Anna Sheinman, April 9, 2013

The bodies of a telecoms executive and his wife who were killed in a plane crash have been recovered near Auckland.

American Eric Hertz, 58, and his wife Kathy, 64, were pulled from the wreckage of Mr Hertz’s small plane 56 metres under the sea off the coast of New Zealand over the weekend.


Last Jewish school in Wellington, NZ, closes

By Anna Sheinman, December 10, 2012

The last Jewish school in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, has closed.

Moriah College, a school for 5 to 13-year-olds held its final graduation on Friday, citing a lack of resources as the reason for closing. The school board said in August it had “no option” but to close the school, which had fewer than 20 pupils, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.


Men charged over grave desecrations in New Zealand

By Dan Goldberg, October 25, 2012

Three men have appeared in court in New Zealand charged with desecrating more than 20 Jewish gravestones in a historic cemetery last week.

The men, aged between 19 and 23, are alleged to have daubed the graves in Auckland, some of which date back to the 1880s, with swastikas and the number 88 — code for “Heil Hitler”.


New Zealand graves desecrated with Nazi symbols

By Anna Sheinman, October 19, 2012

More than 20 graves in Auckland, New Zealand, were desecrated with antisemitic and anti-Israel graffiti on Thursday night.


New Zealand Jewish sailor Jo Aleh wins gold

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2012

A second Jewish athlete will be celebrating this Shabbat with an Olympic gold medal.

New Zealander Jo Aleh and her racing partner Olivia Powrie won the medal for sailing.

They triumphed in the women's 470 regatta at Weymouth Bay.

Ms Aleh, 26, has Israeli parents and is part of a Progressive Jewish community in Auckland.