NZ ‘can’t judge’ ar­ranged mar­riages

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Christchurch: 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 Court. “When we are talk­ing about fam­ily vi­o­lence, I am not sure that we as a coun­try can ac­tu­ally hold our hands up and say ‘we are good enough to judge those cul­tures,” Mr Wood­house said. NZ Her­ald

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