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News coverage of Muslim women in New Zealand is rare, but the Herald on Sunday ran a great piece on local Muslim women. It was supported by the hard work of Anjum Rahman and a great editorial from the paper itself:
It would take a special meanness of spirit not to admire the young Muslim women in our Insight pages today, building a new identity in their adopted homeland, all the while adhering to the dress code of their Islamic culture and religion.
Abseiling, kayaking, horse-riding and skiing, these women are keen to be New Zealanders, but see no reason to surrender their Muslim identity. “No one has really defined what a Kiwi-Muslim is,” says Aliya Danzeisen, one of the founders of the Waikato Muslim Association. “Traditionally we have tried to assimilate; now it’s about integration.”
The distinction between the two terms may be lost on the many New Zealanders who still wrestle with the idea that this country’s demographic make-up has transformed beyond recognition in barely a generation.