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Ursula Rakova’s island home disappearing Comments 0

Friday, July 3rd, 2015
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Ursula Rakova, who was born in the Carteret Islands, is visiting New Zealand. The Carteret atoll is only 1.2 meters above sea level. Originally there were six islands, but Huene was split in half by the sea and so now there are seven. In 1995 a wave ate away most of the shorelines of Piul and Read more

NZ Initiative: Pope talking ‘drivel’ in encyclical Comments 8

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
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“As a Catholic economist, reading this papal drivel masquerading as an encyclical is both embarrassing and infuriating,” says Oliver Hartwich, the executive director of the New Zealand Initiative, a libertarian think tank. He was referring to the the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’. “Thank God Catholics are free to disagree with this personal position of the Pope.” Read more

MPs to have an inquiry into voluntary euthanasia Comments 1

Friday, June 26th, 2015
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Announcing an inquiry into voluntary euthanasia on Wednesday, chairman of the health select committee, Simon O’Connor, said members were “ready to engage” on what was an “important conversation that needs to be had”. The inquiry will consider how best to involve the public and what questions and terms of reference need to be included, he Read more

NZ bishops quoted by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ Comments 0

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
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Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ quotes the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ statement on the environment which they published in 2006. Paragraph 95 of Laudato Si’ reads: “The natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. If we make something our own, it is only to administer it for Read more

Pope’s encyclical calls for new relationship with the earth Comments 0

Friday, June 19th, 2015
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In a new encyclical, Pope Francis has acknowledged “very solid scientific consensus” that humans are causing climate change that is endangering the planet. In Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home, released on June 18, Francis urged the world to embark upon a revolutionary ethical rethink and change of heart in its relationship with Read more

What will we do when boat people reach NZ? Comments 1

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
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Last week 65 boat people from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were intercepted by the Australian navy off eastern Indonesia. They were heading For New Zealand. In reply to their request for asylum in New Zealand, they have been advised to contact United Nations officials in Australia. Since at least 2010 the Prime Minister John Key Read more

Where do the parties stand on euthanasia? Comments 4

Friday, June 12th, 2015
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A petition due to be presented to Parliament could be the catalyst for a fresh debate on voluntary euthanasia. Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway says the End of Life Choice Society petition will be tabled at the first opportunity in Parliament and will go straight to a select committee. An editorial under the heading, the devil is in the Read more

St Pat’s teacher remembers chicken legs Collins Comments 0

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
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A teacher who mentored Jerry Collins at St Patrick’s College in Wellington said he used to be called “chicken legs”. “Jerry used to get called chicken legs in his early days and once he got called that, and  named that, he used to spend most of Friday afternoons in the gym instead of in the Read more

New freephone reduces waiting time for abortions Comments 0

Friday, June 5th, 2015
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Women seeking an abortion are being offered easier access to the procedure with a free, national telephone consultation service that started this week. Using the freephone number the service has been set up by Wairarapa abortion doctor Simon Snook because of the delays, said to be potentially harmful, faced by many New Zealand women seeking Read more

Social impact bonds: the needy as an investment opportunity Comments 1

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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Private investors are about be given the opportunity to invest in and make money from the provision of social services. The Government has given the green light to piloting social impact bonds in New Zealand. Social impact bonds are a way for non government entities to partner in delivering social outcomes – and be rewarded Read more