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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.

A final goodbye to Abdul, the latest man to die in Australian detention

A final goodbye to Abdul, the latest man to die in Australian detention

Abdul Aziz, a 23-year-old Afghan asylum seeker, died in detention. Crikey was invited by his family and friends to exclusively bear witness before his body was sent home.

Why New Zealand will not stop fighting Australia on deportation

Why New Zealand will not stop fighting Australia on deportation

The debate over Australia's deportation laws is tearing Australia apart from one of its closest allies — and it's only getting worse.

A horror week in Australian onshore detention

A horror week in Australian onshore detention

A young man has died. Another has attempted self-harm. A toddler, who has spent her entire life in detention, was hospitalised. Here's the day-by-day account.

Peter Dutton is repeating false claims there are no children in detention

Peter Dutton is repeating false claims there are no children in detention

On the same day that a two-year-old in detention was banned from receiving a birthday cake, the Home Affairs minister claimed again that all children have been removed from detention.

The road to deportation: inside the Biloela family's 15-month detention

The road to deportation: inside the Biloela family's 15-month detention

In March 2018, Priya and her family gained national attention after a dawn raid on their home. Yesterday, after much quiet anguish, they lost their High Court bid to avoid deportation.

Media protocols for Christchurch trial are unprecedented, but are they practical?

Media protocols for Christchurch trial are unprecedented, but are they practical?

The majority of New Zealand's news organisations have committed to new guidelines in an effort to "not promote white supremacist ideology". Others say it's not so simple.

Free hugs and fatigue: Christchurch one month after a tragedy

Free hugs and fatigue: Christchurch one month after a tragedy

From schools to hospitals and newsrooms, Christchurch is a city heaving under shock and trauma one month after a deadly mosque attack.

The gap between Australia and New Zealand is now a chasm

The gap between Australia and New Zealand is now a chasm

On one side, government is showing compassion, strength and action. On the other, a tsunami of fear-mongering rolls on.

The circus is in town: the world's media descends on Christchurch

The circus is in town: the world's media descends on Christchurch

The world's media has descended on Christchurch this week, and already things are starting to get tense and overwhelming.

'There’s no way a person from Christchurch would have done this'

'There’s no way a person from Christchurch would have done this'

Christchurch is the most traumatised city in New Zealand. This is a statement that was true before last Friday's attack.