Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is a New Zealand journalist with a special interest in family issues. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but always fancied the life of the scribe. Too late, she realised that the latter is even more work than teaching Shakespeare to 15-year-olds and the pay is generally less. Being a reluctant geek, she has never quite got over the surprise of finding herself the deputy editor of an online magazine—a pleasant sensation for the most part.

She once wrote a book—the history of New Zealand’s own anti-porn movement in its heyday—for which she got mixed reviews and no awards. She lives in the country’s largest city, Auckland, which is three hours by plane from Sydney—the hub of MercatorNet—and too far for comfort from anywhere else of importance. Still, it is a very nice vantage point from which to meddle in the affairs of the world.

History, monuments, and civil disagreement
18 Aug 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
The fate of monuments to the Confederate era in the US seems sealed, but dialogue about such contentious issues has a long way to go. The family should be the first school of civil disagreement, writes Christopher Love.

The inspiring life of Dr Ruth Pfau
17 Aug 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
The death of Dr Ruth Pfau, a German missionary nun who revolutionised the treatment of lepers in Pakistan, shines a light on a much-needed witness to Christian charity.

The inspiring life of Ruth Pfau, leprosy doctor
17 Aug 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: Christianity, obituaries, Pakistan
The death of a nun who worked for 50 years in Pakistan closes a life of Christian service.

What’s destroying the kids – smartphones or distracted parents?
15 Aug 2017 | CONNECTING |  
tags: children and technology, smartphones, social media
The desperate plight of generation iPhone.

You should not euthanise your dying baby
11 Aug 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
What should we do for dying babies? Philosopher Aaron Cobb, who lost an infant son, describes a principled and practical response to this awful dilemma.

What the Google engineer got right
10 Aug 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
James Damore, the young software engineer fired by Google, was not wrong to insist differences between men and women count in the workplace, as elsewhere.

What the Google engineer got right in his manifesto
10 Aug 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: gender equality, STEM, women
Once again, men and women are different, even at work.

Running the country and starting a family: could she do both?
7 Aug 2017 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: leadership, motherhood, women
New Zealand's new Labour leader grapples with the possibility.

Report confirms a massive majority against euthanasia in New Zealand
4 Aug 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, New Zealand
Submission process shows the difference between a poll and considered opinions.

Game-changing pre-natal spina bifida surgery comes to Australasia
31 Jul 2017 | FEATURES |  
A Kiwi baby is just the third to benefit from the skill of a Brisbane team.

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