arranged marriages

Michael Woodhouse refuses to discuss migrant domestic violence until New Zealanders fix their own problem

I still don’t understand how it can be government policy to allow people to come to live here who have a clear and stated aim to treat women as subordinate to men.  And that’s before any abuse.  

And then, when they’re here and they carry on their own culture under the guise of multiculturalism and tolerance, a National minister’s retort to a genuine concern is to say, “Bah, like Kiwis can talk. We bash the shit out of women too much ourselves.”  

I can’t describe how angry and betrayed I feel by National when it comes to unrestrained and poorly thought out immigration policy.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said New Zealand was not in a position to judge the 400 visas issued each year for women to enter the country for an arranged marriage.

He was responding to a question at the National Party conference in Christchurch from a delegate concerned at domestic violence cases within arranged marriages going through the Manukau District Court.

“When we are talking about family violence, I am not sure that we as a country can hold our hands up and say ‘we are good enough to judge those cultures’,” Woodhouse said.   Read more »