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Gift shop selling golliwog doll backs artist as racism debate reignites

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

When Jacqui Buchanan was given two handmade dolls to sell in her North Canterbury shop, The Kaiapoi Collective, she did not anticipate a backlash.

Golliwogs are made from black fabric and have black eyes bordered with white, red lips, white teeth, frizzy hair and minstrel dress. They began appearing in the late 1800s.

A Human Rights Commission spokeswoman said golliwogs were offensive because “they perpetuate the sort of stereotypes that often underpin racism”.

But Buchanan said the word golliwog was not used in the post and she had simply admired them for the workmanship, including hand-painted clothing.

What do you think? Are Golliwogs harmless, or is there no place for them in society today? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Your favourite ever summer holiday

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
Now that summer's finally here and the holidays are just around the corner for many, we'd love to hear about your favourite summer holiday memories. Has there been a trip that you continue to think about years later? Where did you go, with who and what did you get up to? What made it such a stand-out experience? As usual, please put 'NFP' in your comment if you don't want it included in a travel article. Cheers.

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Tidy lawn, tidy mind? Anonymous note criticising garden riles resident

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

If a tidy lawn reflects on the people living in the house, Dylan Bateup is certainly not hanging his head in shame.

The North Canterbury resident was baffled to receive a note in his mailbox berating him for the state of his long grass.

He found the handwritten missive on Tuesday and posted it to Facebook, saying he was now tempted to leave the grass to grow just to make a point. Read more here.