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.

What’s the secret of the world’s happiest countries?
23 Mar 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: mental health, Nordic model, nordic model, world happiness day
Judging by a new study it might be as prosaic as popping a pill.

'Talking contraceptives with mom and grandma'
9 Mar 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
A famous pair of philanthropists come up with the worst idea ever for International Women’s Day.

Why does International Women’s Day ignore motherhood?
8 Mar 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: feminism, gender parity, International Women's Day, motherhood
Our big sisters at United Nations headquarters in New York have other plans for women

Anna Karenina: family happiness and unhappiness
3 Mar 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: books, family relationships, happiness, Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy's famous novel throws light on what makes or breaks a family.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister has some awesome family stats
24 Feb 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: Bill English, New Zealand
Meet Bill and Mary English: 30 years married, 6 kids, 23 siblings between them.

What’s wrong with Canada’s spanking bill
22 Feb 2017 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: parenting, spanking
A Cardus Family scholar examines the evidence. (VIDEO)

Dear Warren: Contraception going well, newborn mortality not so well
17 Feb 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, birth control, developing countries
Bill and Melinda Gates report on how they have been spending a philanthropic windfall.

Married 82 years, a couple share their secret
16 Feb 2017 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: marriage values
A New Zealand couple are honoured for their fidelity.

Is cohabitation the new marriage? Not for kids
9 Feb 2017 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: cohabitation, family stability, World Family Map
Children born in cohabiting unions experience more family instability, a new study finds.

Big media notices the 44th March for Life
31 Jan 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: March for Life 2016
But will their interest extend to the unborn child itself?

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