New Zealand awaits UNRWA investigation findings

August 27, 2019 by  

New Zealand has not formally suspended funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) confirmed on Monday. Read more

MFAT reviewing New Zealand support for UNRWA

August 26, 2019 by  

New Zealand may be joining a growing number of governments around the world who are putting a halt to their donations to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Read more

More government support for Israel needed – New Conservatives

July 25, 2019 by  

The New Conservative party is calling on the New Zealand government to boost its support for Israel and the Jewish community. Read more

Plans for a New Zealand Jewish Museum

March 11, 2019 by  

In the battle of memory against forgetting, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is a formidable warrior. The New York-based scholar is the chief curator of the core exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and the author of many books on Jewish subjects. Read more

The power of a wish

February 28, 2019 by  

One moment rhythmic gymnast Noga Barkan was on top of the world – preparing to represent her country, Israel, at the Rio 2016 Olympics. But in the next moment that world had slipped out from under her feet and she was facing a cancer diagnosis. Read more

Battling anti-Semitism with Holocaust survivor stories

August 10, 2018 by  

The rising tide of anti-Semitism around the world, including New Zealand, means that the re-telling and preservation of Holocaust survivors’ stories matters more and more…writes Miriam Bell. Read more

Remembering is a tool for the future

January 29, 2017 by  

Messages about the importance of remembering the lessons of the Holocaust dominated UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration in Auckland. Read more

Cemetery desecrator sentenced

February 28, 2013 by  

Punishment for the man who desecrated 15 Jewish graves in Auckland’s oldest cemetery, with swastikas and crude anti-Israeli graffiti, is to be 320 hours community service, nine months supervision and $3000 reparation. Read more

Charges against grave desecration accused dropped

November 5, 2012 by  

Charges against the man named in Auckland’s Jewish grave desecration case have been dropped. Read more

Graveyard attack accused denies charges

October 23, 2012 by  

Three men accused of desecrating over 20 Jewish graves, in Auckland’s oldest cemetery late last week, appeared in court charged with wilful damage today [Tuesday]. Read more

Historic Jewish graves desecrated in Auckland

October 19, 2012 by  

Around twenty Jewish graves in a historic central Auckland cemetery have been desecrated with anti-Semitic graffiti at some point in the last 48 hours. Read more

New Zealand’s Jewish Movie Bonanza

April 26, 2012 by  

Documentary enthusiasts in New Zealand will have an unprecedented number of Israeli and/or Jewish themed films to choose from at this year’s Documentary Edge Festival. Read more

Focus on Jewish Kiwis’ Histories

March 19, 2012 by  

A “rich treasure trove” of stories about Jewish New Zealanders has been attracting both public and media attention since its recent launch, by Dame Lesley Max, in Auckland.  Read more

Kiwi Holocaust Survivors Book in all Schools

May 5, 2011 by  

Educating Kiwi students on the stories of Holocaust survivors – and, in particular, those who migrated to New Zealand – has just got a whole lot easier for high school history teachers around the country. Read more

Commemorating the Holocaust in New Zealand

February 2, 2011 by  

For the second year in a row, record numbers observed New Zealand’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust, on Wednesday January 27, at the Holocaust Memorial in Wellington’s Makara Cemetery. Read more

NZ Moriah reach Milestone in Memorial Button Project

December 9, 2010 by  

Reaching their collection target of 1.5 million buttons has left the pupils of, Moriah School in Wellington, “absolutely thrilled” to have achieved a milestone in their project to create a Holocaust Memorial to the Jewish children who died in the Holocaust. Read more

New Zealand Queen’s Birthday Awards

June 14, 2010 by  

Modesty and diffidence characterise the response of one of New Zealand’s newest knights to the honour he was awarded in the country’s recent Queen’s Birthday Honours. Read more

Anne Frank Exhibition opens in Auckland

April 13, 2010 by  

Working to defeat anti-Semitism must be a cause for all people, not just Jewish people, said New Zealand’s minister for arts and culture in a strongly worded speech, at the Auckland opening of the Anne Frank travelling exhibition. Read more

Hello, I must be going

March 18, 2010 by  

Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand, Yuval Rotem, has made his farewell trip to the country due to the pending reinstatement of a dedicated ambassador to the land of the Great White Cloud. Read more

Filmmaker fights for screening rights

March 2, 2010 by  

Movie director Jason Ressler, currently in Auckland for the premiere of his film Sid Bernstein Presents at the 2010 Documentary Edge festival, says that he and his co-director Evan Strome have struggled to find financial backers for their film because of litigation fears relating to the usage of music and concert footage. Read more

A Gift to the Nation

February 16, 2010 by  

Emotions ran high at a special event to celebrate an iconic New Zealand Jewish photographer’s gift of a significant collection of vintage prints of elderly Maori women with moko, to New Zealand’s national museum. Read more

Lessons from History

February 11, 2010 by  

“All New Zealand children should see the Anne Frank travelling exhibition”, says the country’s Prime Minister. Read more

New Zealand Remembers the Holocaust

January 28, 2010 by  

Record numbers of New Zealanders attended this year’s commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, at the Holocaust Memorial in Wellington’s Jewish cemetery at Makara. Read more