New Zealand

Blatantly Christian journalist Garth George dies Comments 0


Long-time Rotorua Daily Post and New Zealand Herald columnist Garth George has died. His writing was often coloured by his strong Christian beliefs. “Part of it is the fact that I have been blatantly Christian. A lot don’t like that at all,” George told the Daily Post last February. George died in Rotorua Hospital on Read more

Poverty and Justice Bible launch – buy one gift one free Comments 1

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A Poverty and Justice Bible campaign will be launched with an event hosted by Cardinal Dew on 13 September. The campaign has not only received the support of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference but also endorsement from Cardinal Peter Turkson in his capacity as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A Read more


Gizo Diocese has new vessel to service its many islands Comments 0


Project Galilee is providing a new vessel for Gizo Diocese in the Solomon Islands. The diocese covers an area with close to one hundred islands spread over 300km of sea. Its 70 year old wooden vessel, the St Peter, has outlived its useful life, and its continued use is not economically sustainable. So the Diocese has purchased Read more

Archbishop of York in Pacific for climate change reflections Comments 0


The Anglican Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is to visit Samoa, Tonga and Fiji to lead a series of leadership reflections on climate change. He has been invited to come by the Most Revd Dr Winston Halapua, the Anglican Archbishop of Polynesia. He will be in the Pacific from 27 July to 14 August. Read more


Disciplining children: sometimes you have to go home Comments 0


I relearned an important lesson this week: with kids, sometimes you have to follow through on all those threatened consequences. If you keep telling them you’re going to turn the car around if they don’t behave, and never actually turn Read more

How to know if you’re over-parenting Comments 0


Last week, when talking to my fiancé’s sister-in-law about having kids, she made an interesting point: the biggest change is not necessarily that you now have a child, but all the worry that comes with it. How true does that Read more

Catholic cathedral restoration waiting on CERA approval Comments 0


Plans to retain and restore parts of the Catholic cathedral could be jeopardised by approval delays, Christchurch diocese leaders claim. In June, the diocese applied to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) for a section 38 notice. They had expected a decision in weeks but are still waiting approval. A section 38 notice would give Read more

  • Features

  • Same-sex marriage: deconstruction of marriage and family?


    The campaign to redefine marriage has recently gained such momentum – with now three and soon four bills before the Commonwealth Parliament – that many think it is inevitable. This can leave those with misgivings feeling that they are already losers in a done deal. Some think it is the inexorable progress of liberty and Read more

  • Thu Thu Mon: small steps to the goal


    My name is Thu Thu Mon. I was born on the 10th of  September 1995. I lived with my Aunty in Kawthaung, Myanmar since I was three years old and studied there. I studied primary and secondary school at Kawthaung. In summer holidays I used to visit my parents in Ranong, Thailand. In June 2007, my Read more