Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Jeff Drane: Wellington Community Champion Comments 2

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
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After more than 20 years working for community services Jeff Drane has been named a Wellington Community Champion. The work specialised in assisting under-resourced families, mental health consumers, refugees and migrants and delivered ongoing benefits to families.Fr Drane is perhaps best known for his work with the Newtown Budgeting and Advice Services. “It was just the relief Read more

Brazil’s bishops give red card to World Cup Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Brazil’s Catholic bishops have given a red card to the organisers of the World Cup Soccer tournament in their nation. The bishops are critical that billions of dollars were spent on stadiums, but Brazil’s public services are still poor. In a red card-shaped brochure distributed in churches, the Brazilian bishops’ conference urged their government to Read more

Tax, the poverty gap and NZ Comments 0

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Thomas Piketty

At its simplest, the groundbreaking work by French economist Thomas Piketty proves no more than what we thought we already knew: the rich get richer. Whether the poor also get poorer is another matter. What would the taxi driver who took me across Beijing last year in a Toyota tricked out with three smartphones have Read more

UN Secretary-General praises Pope Francis’s commitment Comments 0

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Pope Ban Ki-moon resized

The United Nations Secretary-General has told Pope Francis he is counting on the Catholic Church to work with the UN to promote a life of dignity for all. In Rome, Ban Ki-moon hailed the personal commitment by Pope Francis to eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. Mr Ban and heads of major UN agencies had Read more

Financial advice won’t pull poor out of poverty Comments 0

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

I was working on a standard-of-living case and was shown figures prepared by an approved budget advisory service for Meg and her daughter Stacey (I have simplified some detail and changed their names). Meg’s chronic health condition ruled out paid employment, so she was on a benefit. The budget recorded the family’s 2012 weekly income Read more

Poverty is not a project Comments 0

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
William Grimm

Do you recall The Great Jubilee Year 2000? For a few years before the turn of the century, almost every statement by a bishop or other church leader or organization contained some paean to the jubilee. The pope had called for it, and so all sorts of people either sincerely or for show acted as Read more

The Salvation Armys lesser known social services Comments 0

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The Salvation Army is not the only organisation aiming to create a better society but it is the only one with uniforms and a military structure – its members are known as soldiers and have ranks. In Christchurch it has six churches (Belfast, Aranui, Sydenham, Linwood, Moorhouse Ave and Hornby) plus Family Stores selling secondhand Read more

Archbishop Chong – Concessions for foreign investors causing poverty Comments 0

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong, says the interim Fijian government’s pursuit of foreign investors has contributed to a rise in the country’s poverty rate. Research by social justice advocate Father Kevin Barr indicates that six out of ten Fijians in full-time work are being paid below the poverty line. But the real numbers Read more