New Zealand

New Zealand shechitah gets partial reprieve

By Dan Goldberg, December 2, 2010

New Zealand's Agriculture Minister reversed his ban on the kosher slaughter of poultry last week amid allegations that his original controversial decision was taken to appease Muslim countries which have lucrative trade agreements with New Zealand.

Lawyers acting for David Carter negotiated a settlement last Friday, just three days before a legal challenge, which was being closely monitored by Shechita UK as well as the Office of the Chief Rabbi, was due to open in the High Court in Wellington.


New Zealand kosher poultry ban overturned

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2010

The Jewish community in New Zealand is celebrating after the country’s ban on kosher poultry was overturned.

An agreement has been reached with the minister of agriculture which will enable the shechitah of poultry to continue, but the community is still negotiating over the slaughter of lamb .

In May, Agriculture Minister David Carter rejected a recommendation that shechitah be exempt from the new animal welfare code, which mandates that all commercially slaughtered animals must first be stunned, making shechitah illegal.


Animal lobby v the Jews: shechitah 'test case'

By Dan Goldberg, November 18, 2010

The "test case" against New Zealand's ban on the kosher slaughter of animals will be heard in the High Court in Wellington later this month.

New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman told the JC on Wednesday that the case, which was not expected to be heard until next year, will be closely watched around the Jewish world when it opens on November 29.


Synagogue saved in New Zealand quake

September 7, 2010

The small Jewish community in Christchurch, New Zealand, is reeling from a massive earthquake last Shabbat.

The tremor did not affect the city's only shul but may have devastated Chabad house, in the worst-affected area. Rabbi Mendel Goldstein, director of Chabad NZ, has not been able to get close to the Chabad house because authorities have sealed the area, fearing after-shocks.

Rabbi Goldstein, whose dining room roof was blown off, went to the city's only shul, Canterbury Hebrew Congregation, just hours after the tremor.


Interim agreement on New Zealand shechitah ban

By Dan Goldberg, August 12, 2010

New Zealand's small Jewish community has won a minor victory in its legal battle against a government ban on kosher slaughtering.

In the High Court in Wellington on Monday, Justice Denis Clifford approved a consent order to permit shechitah until the trial reaches court, which is not expected until next year.

The decision comes as UK Jewish leaders step up efforts to prevent the European Parliament from passing a law that will mean kosher meat must be labelled "meat from slaughter without stunning".


New Zealand Shechita ban on hold

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010

New Zealand has temporarily lifted its ban on the kosher slaughter of animals.

Members of the Jewish community have filed a lawsuit against the agriculture minister challenging the Shechita ban, which was brought in at the end of May 2010 to the outrage of Jewish citizens.

The case is expected to be heard in 2011, but until then the practice will not be prohibited.

New Zealand Jewish Council chairman Geoff Levy said the interim decision was positive and added: "Every effort is being made to get chicken and local lamb back on the table as soon as possible".


Pledge to fight EU shechita ban

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

The president of Shechita UK has urged the community to lobby MPs to prevent new EU regulations requiring kosher meat to be labelled "meat from slaughter without stunning".

Last month the European Parliament voted in favour of the amendment to the provision of food information to consumers, just two weeks after New Zealand banned kosher slaughter.

Henry Grunwald QC urged the Board of Deputies on Sunday to contact their MPs before the bill comes back for discussion in September.


New Zealand DJ suspended for Nazi joke

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2010

A New Zealand radio presenter has been suspended after he said that “Jews were expendable” and made another Nazi jibe.

Breakfast show DJ and television personality David Fane also told audiences at a media event that "Hitler had a right" and that HIV sufferers deserved to be "roasted".

His words have caused outrage amongst members of the Jewish and gay communities in New Zealand.

Stephen Goodman, president of the New Zealand Jewish Council, called the comments “very antisemitic”.


New Zealand shechitah ban

By Dan Goldberg, June 1, 2010

New Zealand has banned the kosher slaughter of animals, provoking outrage and anger among the small Jewish community.

The new animal welfare code, which became effective last Friday, mandates that all animals for commercial consumption must be stunned prior to slaughter to ensure “animals are humanely killed”. This effectively outlaws shechitah, which does not allow for animals to be stunned before slaughter.

While kosher beef and lamb can be imported to New Zealand, under Kiwi law no poultry – kosher or not – is allowed into the country.


Israeli's frozen body is found in New Zealand

By Dan Goldberg, May 22, 2008

The body of the Israeli backpacker missing in New Zealand since March 26 has been found.

Tragic: Liat Tas-Okin died on trek

Police said on Saturday that a post-mortem confirmed it was Liat Tas-Okin, 35, who failed to return from a three-day trek on the South Island.