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Rebekah Holt

Freelance journalist

Rebekah Holt — Freelance journalist

Rebekah Holt is a journalist and psychotherapist originally from New Zealand now based in Melbourne. In her previous NZ life she was a Chief of Staff in television news, a spokesperson for the NZ Police and very bad at dealing with volunteers for several political parties who employed her. She can regularly be found explaining New Zealand to Australians and vice versa. In between writing on politics and media she is usually pitching another story to some poor editor about Australias’s onshore detention centres.

H is going home: farewelling the NZ teen just released from adult detention

H is going home: farewelling the NZ teen just released from adult detention

H was held for months in adult detention, away from his family in NSW, while Peter Dutton publicly threatened to send him to New Zealand. Today, he's free.

Child's rights should prevent father's urgent deportation: lawyer

Child's rights should prevent father's urgent deportation: lawyer

The deportation of a Tamil man may take place just days after his partner and infant daughter received a safe haven visa.

Media Adviser: what to do when your friends let slip a giant story

Media Adviser: what to do when your friends let slip a giant story

All journos are sitting on great stories from accidental sources they can't betray. So how do you go about reporting it the right way?

Dear Border Force, we'd love a straight answer about the NZ teen you have detained

Dear Border Force, we'd love a straight answer about the NZ teen you have detained

Condemnation is kicking up across the ditch about a 17-year-old boy being held in adult detention. But Australian Border Force don't seem interested in offering real explanation.

Is Melania Trump really wearing her disdain for immigrant children?

Is Melania Trump really wearing her disdain for immigrant children?

Melenia Trump was seen sporting a slogan apparently dismissing treatment of immigrant children, but the message might actually be directed a little closer to home.

Shadows of family separation policy haunt NZ boy stuck alone in detention

Shadows of family separation policy haunt NZ boy stuck alone in detention

The world watched as Donald Trump's hardline family separation policy fell apart, but here in Australia, minors are not guaranteed rights either.

Media Adviser: burnout doesn't need to be part of a journo's job

Media Adviser: burnout doesn't need to be part of a journo's job

The media's known for being a high-stress environment. Maybe it's time for it to take on the support systems of other high-stress industries.

Jacinda, please put these whiny little boys in their place

Jacinda, please put these whiny little boys in their place

The New Zealand PM is rising above anonymous abuse in the House of Reps, but maybe it's time to let loose and give the Westminster system the kick up the arse it needs.

Media Adviser: help! They want me to start reading the comments section!

Media Adviser: help! They want me to start reading the comments section!

It's a truth universally acknowledged that a reporter should never, ever read the comments section. But what if they're forced to?

Media Adviser: being 40-something in a modern newsroom makes me feel like a dinosaur

Media Adviser: being 40-something in a modern newsroom makes me feel like a dinosaur

In the middle of news media's biggest moment of crisis, the kids aren't the problem, and you could be part of the solution, Media Adviser explains.