New Zealand

Hato Petera: Incorporated Society replacing Trust needs operating licence Comments 0

Hato Petera

In February operation and boarding warrant of fitness licences for five of Hato Petera’s hostels were approved and signed off by the Ministry of Education. A new governing body now has been formed to operate the hostels. A Ministry of Education spokeswoman says any new entity formed to operate the hostels will now need to Read more

Next stop for NZ Youth Choir: Notre-Dame Cathedral Comments 0


The New Zealand Youth Choir which sang at Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral last Sunday will soon be singing at a high mass in Paris’s famous Notre-Dame Cathedral. The Mass they will sing is one specially composed for them by New Zealander Andrew Baldwin. Notre-Dame de Paris is an historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of Read more


Law reforms in Nauru: suicide, homosexuality decriminalised Comments 0

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The Nauru government has announced that the island’s Parliament this month passed a number of laws to bring the nation up to international human rights standards. A new act replaces a former criminal code that dated back to 1899 and was based on old Queensland laws. The law reforms come after a number of incidents at the Read more

Churches and NGO in partnership to address gender inequalities Comments 0

Gender equality

Family violence cannot be addressed without taking due consideration of the gender inequalities faced by women and girls in the Solomon Islands says Ethel Sigimanu. She is Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs. Sigimanu was speaking at the opening of World Vision’s three day Channels of Hope for Gender, Church Read more


Laughing in the face of climate change despair Comments 0


Someone on Twitter asked how people feel about the future, taking climate change into account. I replied that I don’t expect to have grandchildren, but imagine that humanity would remain resilient. Naturally, we segued into survivalist-apocalyptic jokes. My kid wields Read more

British Christianity is sleeping, not dying Comments 0

Tim Stanley CU

British Christianity is in pretty poor shape. A UK Social Attitudes survey has revealed that, for the first time in history, more people now regard themselves as having “no religion” than being a Christian. A cultural shift is to blame: people Read more

Marriage best protector against Child Poverty? Comments 1


Despite marriage being the best protector against child poverty it has become politically unfashionable – some argue insensitive – to express such a view says Lindsay Mitchell. Her views are expressed a report Child Poverty and Family Structure  that she has written for Family First, published Monday. Mitchell says child poverty is consistently blamed on Read more

  • Features

  • What happened to the 12 Syrian refugees rescued by the pope?

    Pope and refugees

    When Pope Francis saved a dozen refugees from a Lesbos detention centre and took them to Rome it was ‘like a miracle’, one of them said. A month on, what is their new life like? Ramy Alshakarji was still coming to terms with the idea that at last he was safe – he was leaving Read more

  • Iris Murdoch and the disorienting quality of real prayer


    One of the most impressive literary figures of the twentieth century was the Irish writer Iris Murdoch. You may have heard of her surprising and thoughtful novels such as A Severed Head and The Good Apprentice; or perhaps you are conversant with her more abstract philosophical texts such as The Sovereignty of Good and Metaphysics Read more