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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.

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.

Across the Tasman and into a land of common sense and kindness

Across the Tasman and into a land of common sense and kindness

As a Crikey reporter battled a tight stopover in the rush to get to Christchurch, New Zealanders helped her get home to tell their story.

The questions yet to be answered about Hakeem Al-Araibi's ordeal

The questions yet to be answered about Hakeem Al-Araibi's ordeal

Hakeem Al-Araibi is safe, but the episode gives little assurance to other refugees who want to travel safely outside of Australia.

Melbourne and Sydney immigration detention centres join hunger strike

Melbourne and Sydney immigration detention centres join hunger strike

Detainees in Sydney claim 300-400 people are protesting. Border Force continue to deny there is any mass hunger strike.

Yongah Hill detainees continue hunger strike over conditions

Yongah Hill detainees continue hunger strike over conditions

Tensions in Melbourne and Perth detention centres have been high since last week.

The question no one will answer about Hakeem Al-Araibi

The question no one will answer about Hakeem Al-Araibi

This arrest could have huge ramifications for other refugees who have been granted asylum by Australia. We need answers.

Extradition threat raises questions on Home Affairs' Interpol procedure

Extradition threat raises questions on Home Affairs' Interpol procedure

Lawyers say the Australian government should have informed Interpol of Hakeem Al-Araibi's refugee status when he travelled to Thailand, thereby ensuring his safety.