New Zealand

$40,000 for man sacked because of his religious beliefs Comments 0


A Seventh Day Adventist man has been awarded $40,000 after he was fired as a result of his religious beliefs. He had refused to work on Saturdays because it was against his faith. Mark Meulenbroek had worked since 2004 at an Invercargill company that installed TV and audio systems, and was considered a model employee. Read more

Palmerston North’s St James’ School gets a make over Comments 0


Traditional classrooms at a Palmerston North Catholic primary school have been transformed into a flexible and safe learning space. After almost four years of planning, construction has been completed on a revamped block of buildings at St James’ School. Bishop Charles Drennan, of the Palmerston North Diocese, blessed the refurbished rooms on Wednesday at a Read more


Concern over increase in number of suicides in Samoa Comments 0


A 19 year old employee of one of the banks in Apia is the latest of the rising statistics of suicide cases. Police reports say the young man booked a room at a hotel at Fugalei on the 21 October 2014. The number of suicides in Samoa has been decreasing in recent years. However, according Read more

Relatives of Bougainville’s missing hoping for closure Comments 0


The Bougainville Government has adopted a missing persons policy to try and determine what happened to those who vanished during the Bougainville Civil War. The Red Cross helped formulate the policy and says it’s ready to help locate, identify and return human remains. Listen to Interview  The new approach could see the possible exhumation of Read more


Capitalism versus the climate Comments 1

Zaccheus Healy

Book Review: This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein. This is a comprehensive and timely book. Klein says in part one, “If there has ever been a moment to advance a plan to heal the planet that Read more

Why I hate Halloween Comments 0


As a country we’ve been slowly becoming more Americanised over the years – it’s aways been something of a cultural bogeyman that threatens the Kiwi way of life, right from the time American TV shows first started airing here. Some Read more

Mother of 2 pays $375 a week for caravan park cabin Comments 0


Mother-of-two Mandy pays $375 a week for the one-bedroom caravan park cabin she shares with her two children aged 10 and 12. They moved to Western Park Village in Ranui, west Auckland, at Christmas as a last resort. “I hate it here,” she said. “I want to move out, I want my own place. There’s Read more

  • Features

  • Legalised suicide’s hidden costs


    Suicide has never looked more vivacious. In Brittany Maynard, advocates of assisted suicide have found their ideal spokeswoman. She is not an aging hippy embittered by her loss of energy. As far as one can tell, she is neither a radical individualist nor a nihilist. She is, by all appearances, a loving, life-embracing young woman. Read more

  • Capitalism in crisis

    The Canary Wharf financial district and central London emerge from morning fog in this aerial photograph released by the Metropolitan Police in London

    A new buzzword is circulating in the world’s convention centres and auditoriums. It can be heard at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and at the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund. Bankers sprinkle it into the presentations; politicians use it leave an impression on discussion panels. The buzzword is “inclusion” and it Read more

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