New Zealand

No conscience vote for Nats on shop trading hours Comments 3


On Thursday the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill was passed by the New Zealand Parliament with a vote of 62 to 59 after an “insult laden debate” There have been numerous attempts to change the hours that shops can open for business on public holidays. Until this Thursday, all have failed to make it into Read more

New governance structure set in place for Hato Petera hostels Comments 0

Hato Petera

A new governance structure for the hostel of Hato Petera College, in Auckland was confirmed last Sunday at the inaugural general meeting of Hato Petera Society Incorporated. Executive members of the registered society who were elected were: Chairperson: Dr Sir Noble (Toby) Curtis. Deputy-chairperson: Frank Solomon. Secretary: Norman McKenzie. Treasurer: Janice Smith. Kaumatua and Kuia: Read more


Neocats say they have no authority to return seminary to archdiocese Comments 0


Father Pius Sammut, rector of the neocatechumenal Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona, Guam, says they have no authority to lift the deed of restriction that gives the seminary and a theological institute the legal right to use the archdiocese’s property. “The only one who can lift the deed of restriction is the ordained Archbishop of Read more

Australian, New Zealand, Melanesian and Pacific Bishops condemn asylum seekers’ situation Comments 0


The body representing the Catholic Bishops of  Oceania have joined the international outcry at what is happening to asylum seekers The Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands have issued a statement condemning what is happening to asylum seekers on Manus Read more


My wife’s Alzheimer’s reminds me that she is a beloved child of God Comments 0


Truth is, in many ways, a simple thing. But there are times when it is not so simple. As I’ve written before, my wife Marty has Alzheimer’s. Caring for her exercises my wit in ways I never expected. It also Read more

Three major trends in Catholic fundraising Comments 1


I have vivid memories of attending Mass throughout my childhood and youth and listening to the priest, financial parish secretary or visitor explain, as an auditor would, why there wasn’t enough money or why they needed more. The person speaking Read more

Assisted suicide supporters have elitist view of political discourse Comments 2

XXX on September 20, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  Voters head to the polls today to elect the 51st Parliament of New Zealand.

The insinuation that the views of people with a faith perspective don’t count or count less is nothing more than an example of bigotry says the Director of The Nathaniel Bioethics Centre, Dr John Kleinsman. He is surprised and appalled at the disingenuous tactics being employed by assisted suicide supporters, saying they are a smoke screen, a Read more

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  • Why Right to Life opposes euthanasia


    Right to Life is opposed to the law being changed to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. Right to Life is a “whole of life” pro-life organisation, meaning we seek to uphold the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death. The United Nations Declaration of Human Read more

  • Top of the church shopper’s list: strong preaching


    Top-notch preaching most attracts people looking for a new place to pray. That’s the conclusion of a new Pew Research Center study, released Tuesday (Aug. 23), which asked 5,000 people about their search for a new church or other house of worship. “This is what people value in a congregation — a good message, a good Read more