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.

Uganda’s hunted children
5 Apr 2006 | FEATURES |  
Every night 40,000 children in northern Uganda hike for miles for refuge from a killer militia.

Who’s afraid of commitment?
25 Mar 2006 | FEATURES |  
A lot of people, apparently. But with young people floundering in a sea of choice, perhaps it's time to be brave again.

Rule of thumb
9 Mar 2006 | FEATURES |  
Are mobile phones a menace or just another piece of technology demanding parental backbone?

Volunteer tourism: the give and take
3 Feb 2006 | FEATURES |  
Young people seeking a focus for their idealism increasingly find that a spell of volunteering in a developing country helps.

Religion flourishes but atheism looks sick
23 Jan 2006 | FEATURES |  
tags: atheism, Christianity
Why does atheism get such a good press and religion such a bad one when, as a global survey shows, religious people outnumber atheists eleven to one?

Women converts find liberation in Islam
12 Jan 2006 | FEATURES |  
Thousands of western women each year are exchanging hedonism for the headscarf and fasting at Ramadan. Does Islam have something to offer women that Christianity does not?

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays, too, just to cover the bases
18 Dec 2005 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christmas, tolerance
Can the West celebrate Christmas without offending its non-Christian minorities, or do we have to settle for mere holiday spirit? And what will happen if we do?

The ultimate free market: selling herself
8 Dec 2005 | FEATURES |  
Can there be anything wrong with transactions made between consenting adults, no matter how degrading? MercatorNet investigates arguments for legalised prostitution.

A tale of two weddings
27 Nov 2005 | FEATURES |  
Two women marry. One becomes a princess and the other becomes a commoner, but both seem to be richer where it counts.

Who cares? The crisis facing an ageing society
19 Nov 2005 | FEATURES |  
When the baby boom generation embraced birth control they forgot to ask who would support them and look after them in their old, old age.

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