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 »

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