I don't watch New Zealand Idol, but I'm appalled by their decision to dump a contestant from the show because she was pregnant. As Maia points out, it's a grossly paternalistic intrusion into a decision which is really none of the producer's business, predicated on the idea that they know better than the woman herself what is good for her and her (eventual) child. But it is also simply outright discrimination. "Sex, which includes pregnancy and childbirth", is the very first item on the Human Rights Act's list of prohibited grounds of discrimination, and the main upshot is that you can't fire someone because they are pregnant. I'm not sure whether Ms Patea would be able to take South Pacific Pictures to the HRC over it (they might be considered an employer under the Act, as they benefit from her unpaid work, but it would be dicey), but I'd encourage her to try - this sort of shit simply cannot be tolerated, whether from a traditional employer or a TV show like "New Zealand Idol".