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Woman arrested in South Korea for murder of two children found in suitcases in New Zealand

  • A woman suspected to be the biological mother of two children found dead in suitcases inside a New Zealand storage facility has been taken into custody.
  • The 42-year-old was arrested on Thursday morning in Ulsan, South Korea.
  • On Aug. 11, the remains of two children, aged 7 and 10 years old, were found inside suitcases bought by a family at an abandoned goods auction.
  • The children are believed to have been dead for at least three to four years.
  • The suspect will be undergoing a review as to whether she will be extradited.

A 42-year-old woman believed to be the biological mother of two children found dead inside suitcases in New Zealand has been arrested in connection with their murders. 

On Thursday morning, the suspect was arrested and taken into custody in Ulsan, South Korea. 

‘Such racism’: Vandals attack billboards of 3 Asian candidates in New Zealand

  • Three candidates of Asian descent running for a seat in Auckland, New Zealand — Howick Ward Councilor Paul Young, first-time candidate Vinson Yu and Auckland mayoral candidate Robert Hu — were recently targeted by suspects who vandalized campaign billboards with the candidates’ faces.
  • "It's very bad for young east Asian or ethnic candidates who want to stand up to make a contribution for our community and Tāmaki Makaurau... such racism, it's not acceptable,” Young told RNZ’s news show “Morning Report.”
  • “I have been living here for [the] last 33 years ... Aotearoa New Zealand is our home – is my home – so it should not happen like this,” Young added.
  • Yu, who is running for a seat on the Howick Local Board, was disheartened after seeing his billboard defaced along Bucklands Beach.
  • Meanwhile, Hu told "Morning Report" that he has already reported a similar incident to the police and the Human Rights Commission.
  • The Human Rights Commission is now investigating the case, Commissioner Meng Foon said.

Three candidates of Asian descent running for a seat in Auckland, New Zealand, were recently targeted by suspects who vandalized campaign billboards with the candidates’ faces.

Paul Young, Howick Ward’s current councilor who is running for a seat again this year, raised concerns to RNZ’s news show “Morning Report” after learning that his face on over 20 billboards was either covered with white paint or cut out. The picture of his running mate, Howick Local Board member Bo Burns, has not been targeted by vandals.

Mother of two children found dead in New Zealand suitcases suspected to be in South Korea

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  • A woman believed to be the mother of two children found dead in suitcases earlier this month in New Zealand is reportedly in South Korea, according to Seoul police.
  • The exact whereabouts of the woman, who arrived in New Zealand from South Korea in 2018, are currently unknown.
  • Police in South Korea are working with New Zealand authorities through Interpol.
  • The children, both between the ages of 5 and 10, may have been dead for approximately three to four years.

The mother of two children whose bodies were discovered inside suitcases in New Zealand earlier this month is suspected to be in South Korea. 

The bodies of two children, estimated to be between 5 and 10 years old, were found inside suitcases bought by a New Zealand family at an abandoned goods auction on Aug. 11. Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua stated that the children had been dead for many years and were inside the suitcase for at least three or four years.

New Zealand petition seeks to change country’s name to Aotearoa in honor of its Māori roots

  • Some New Zealand lawmakers are calling to revert the country’s name back to its indigenous roots, advocating for the Māori word “Aotearoa.”
  • Aotearoa — pronounced “au-te-a-ro-uh” — refers to the clouds that helped early Polynesian explorers to the island, as told by indigenous oral history.
  • While the first European contact with indigenous Māori ended in a retreat and the death of four sailors, the name” Nieuw Zeeland,” which is Dutch, stuck as “New Zealand” after it became a part of the British Empire.
  • Now, some New Zealanders are petitioning to change the nation’s name, which they claim is rooted in colonization.
  • The petition has garnered over 70,000 signatures and will be put up for a vote in Parliament for potential action.

Some New Zealand lawmakers are calling to revert the country’s name back to its indigenous roots, advocating for the Māori word “Aotearoa.”

Aotearoa — pronounced “au-te-a-ro-uh” — refers to the clouds that helped early Polynesian explorers to the island, as told by indigenous oral history.

Brutal attack on Chinese man in Auckland supermarket sparks calls for stronger hate crime laws in NZ

  • A Chinese father was grocery shopping at Pak'nSave Albany in Auckland, New Zealand, when a man verbally and physically harassed him on July 24.
  • The man hurled racist remarks, including “go back to where you’re from,” according to the victim’s daughter.
  • The father was reportedly covered in egg residue and had received punches and kicks to his head, chest, stomach and lower back. He suffered multiple bruises to his head.
  • The incident has prompted Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon to call for stronger hate crime laws.
  • He said the COVID-19 pandemic brought on a “remarkable spike” in racism directed toward the Asian community in New Zealand.

The Asian community in New Zealand are calling on the government to enact stronger hate crime laws following a racially motivated attack on a Chinese father in an Auckland supermarket. 

The unidentified father was grocery shopping at Pak’nSave Albany on July 24 at around 8:30 a.m. when a man verbally and physically harassed him, reported The New Zealand Herald.

Three generations of same Filipino family killed in New Zealand car crash

  • Three generations of a Filipino family were killed in a car crash in Picton, New Zealand, on Sunday.
  • Seven of the nine passengers, including the driver and an infant, were killed.
  • Two brothers survived the crash and were brought to the Wellington Hospital. The teenager is reportedly undergoing surgery for injuries to his spine and head, while the other is in serious but stable condition.
  • Inspector Simon Feltham of the Marlborough police said an investigation is currently ongoing.
  • Auckland Filipino community leader Romy Udanga said members of the community in Wellington, including church groups, were on standby to help the two survivors. The Auckland Catholic Filipino Chaplaincy has launched a fundraiser to support the bereaved family.

Three generations of a Filipino family were killed in a car crash in Picton, New Zealand.

A Filipino-New Zealand family of nine were driving home to the North Island after attending a funeral in Gore when the vehicle they were in collided head-on with a truck near Picton on State Highway 1 at around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Man goes on ’10-minute racist tirade’ after hearing two men speaking Korean on an Auckland train

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  • Leonard Hong and his friend from Korea were speaking Korean on the Western train line to Swanson when an “old white guy” set off on a racist tirade in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday.
  • “It’s ridiculous that in a wonderful multicultural city like Auckland that some old white guy comes up to me and calls me a ‘dog eater’ and mock me. Utterly disgraceful,” Hong tweeted.
  • The man was forced to apologize by the train manager, who stopped the train to confront him.
  • Hong commended the train manager and the other passengers on board who supported him and his friend.

A man reportedly went on a 10-minute-long “racist tirade” after hearing two men speaking Korean while on a train in Auckland, New Zealand.

Leonard Hong and his friend, who was visiting from Korea, were on their way to visit the Sky Tower when a man allegedly targeted Hong on the Western train line to Swanson on Sunday. 

Chinese woman stabbed over 20 times in Auckland by her ex-business partner, prosecutor says

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  • Elizabeth Zhong, a 55-year-old businesswoman, was stabbed over 20 times before her body was found in the trunk of her car in New Zealand on Nov. 28 last year.
  • Fang Sun, her 48-year-old former business partner, was shortly after charged with her murder and appeared at Auckland’s High Court on Tuesday, pleading not guilty.
  • Sun reportedly blamed Zhong for mismanaging money totaling over $16.5 million after their business fell into debt, according to prosecutors.
  • “He used a knife to stab her over 20 times, targeting her head, her neck and her back,” Prosecutor Gareth Kayes said. “Before he could dispose of the body more permanently, Ms. Zhong’s friends … found her car.”
  • Defense lawyer Sam Wimsett suggested that Sun might have been framed.

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A woman in New Zealand was stabbed over 20 times before her body was stuffed into a suitcase and left in the trunk of her car.

12-year-old Filipino girl barred from living with her parents in New Zealand due to her autism

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  • A 12-year-old girl from the Philippines, Arianna Alfonzo, has been denied a visa to New Zealand due to her autism.
  • New Zealand’s immigration policies limit the entry of people with disabilities or illnesses based on an evaluation of “high-cost” medical conditions.
  • Although both of her parents have residency status in New Zealand, Alfonzo has been living with her mother in the Philippines since her father moved to work in New Zealand six years ago.
  • Alfonzo’s application for a visitor visa was denied in 2018.
  • New Zealand Green Party MP Ricardo Menéndez March requested last year that Associate Immigration Minister Phil Twyford intervene on Alfonzo’s behalf; however, the request was denied.

Despite both of her parents having residency status in New Zealand, a 12-year-old girl from the Philippines has been denied entry due to her autism.

Arianna Alfonzo has lived in the Philippines apart from her father while he has worked in New Zealand for the past six years. In 2018, Arianna’s application for a visitor visa was rejected after it was determined that she did not meet “acceptable standards of health.”

New Zealand prime minister welcomed to Japan by giant kiwifruits dancing to sad music

  • After arriving at a kiwifruit event in Japan this week, the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was greeted by kiwi mascots dancing to somber music.
  • Known as the “Kiwi Brothers,” the mascots were a part of a promotional event by the New Zealand company Zespri, the world’s largest kiwi distributor.
  • The two large mascots are seen swaying to a somber violin and piano song in a room full of suited men.
  • Ardern first met the Kiwi Brothers in 2019, which she described as a joyful moment, keeping a photo of the three holding hands in her office.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was welcomed to Japan this week at a kiwifruit event where two large kiwi mascots greeted her with a dance routine to somber music.

In a video posted to Twitter by New Zealand reporter Henry Cooke, the two large mascots, known as the “Kiwi Brothers,” are seen swaying to a somber violin song in a room full of suited men. The cute mascots, depicted as a golden and green kiwi with large cartoonish eyes, were a part of a marketing event by New Zealand’s Zespri, the world’s largest kiwi distributor.

New Zealand court rules to allow extradition of resident to China in unprecedented ruling

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  • New Zealand’s supreme court made a historic appeal on Wednesday to send Korean-born permanent resident of New Zealand Kim Kyung-yup to China on charges of murdering a young Chinese woman named Peiyun Chen on his visit to Shanghai in 2009.
  • Like most Western nations, including the U.S. and most of Europe, New Zealand does not have an extradition treaty with China, an agreement to transfer over an accused suspect of a crime from one country to another to be placed on trial.
  • The New Zealand courts had previously voted to extradite Kim last year but eventually rejected the notion after agreeing that China did not provide adequate reassurance that the suspect would not be tortured or abused.
  • Many have expressed worry about the precedent that Kim’s extradition would set. Victoria University law professor and former law commissioner Geoff McLay said that Kim is “the tip of the iceberg” and that China could request more extradition cases in the future.
  • New Zealand originally received China’s extradition request back in May 2011; however, it is only in the current ruling that the courts concluded China could be trusted to not subject the accused to any human rights violations.

In a historic ruling, New Zealand’s courts have decided to allow the extradition of one of its permanent resident to China to stand trial.

New Zealand’s supreme court made a historic appeal on Wednesday to accept the sending of Korean-born Kim Kyung-yup to China on charges of murdering a young Chinese woman named Peiyun Chen on his visit to Shanghai in 2009. 

Kiwi columnist for Shanghai Daily celebrates his ‘China state-affiliated media’ label on Twitter

  • Andy Boreham, a Shanghai Daily columnist from New Zealand, was recently labeled as "China state-affiliated media" by Twitter.
  • “As far as I’m aware, I’m the first foreigner to gain this coveted title,” he tweeted. “Let’s keep fighting the machine, guys!”
  • The label, which applies to news outlets where “the state exercises control over editorial content,” reduces an account’s reach on the social media platform.
  • Boreham called Twitter a “tool for hegemony and the status quo” in an interview with Chinese state-owned media Global Times.
  • He denied being “bought” and claimed that “China is an amazing place that is getting a bad deal from the West right now, and particularly from America."

A New Zealander who writes for the English language newspaper Shanghai Daily said he “was not surprised” after his Twitter account was labeled as “China state-affiliated media” by Twitter. 

Shanghai-based Andy Boreham poked fun at the label with a tweet saying, “As far as I’m aware, I’m the first foreigner to gain this coveted title. Let’s keep fighting the machine, guys!”