Young brides ‘forced to wed’

Almost 800 girls under 18 were married in New Zealand in the past decade, and women’s rights activists believe a number of those marriages were against the will of the brides. It is not illegal for 16 and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent but activists suggest a number of those marriages are forced by… Continue reading Young brides ‘forced to wed’

Million-dollar Pakuranga mosque thief wins appeal

A trustee for an Auckland mosque jailed for forgery and theft of more than $1 million has had his sentence cut by seven months. Mohammed Rafiq Sahib was jailed for three years and four months in July last year on charges of altering a document with intent to deceive and two counts of theft by… Continue reading Million-dollar Pakuranga mosque thief wins appeal