New Zealand

Many Charities overwhelmed by new reporting standards Comments 0

reporting standards

Many charities, particularly smaller ones, are being stressed and overwhelmed by the reporting standards introduced in 2015 says a charity law specialist Sue Barker. Last year an audit of about 1000 charities over six months by the Department of Internal Affairs has found only 59 percent have complied. In a RNZ report last year Barker Read more

US based Kiwi Christian rock band changes focus to pre-schoolers Comments 0

Christian rock

New Zealanders Steve King and Mike Millard performing are Christian music for children in the USA. They are the stars of a series for pre-schoolers called TuneTime Steve and Mike are the only remaining members of The Lads, a Christian rock band that started in New Zaland in 1993. They played at Christian music festivals Read more

Pacific

Fiji marks cyclone Winston anniversary with national prayer service Comments 0

winston

A multi-faith national service was be held on Monday to mark the first anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The service was held at Albert Park Pavilion in Suva. Employers had been asked to let as many workers as possible attend the ceremony which was led by the president Jioji Konrote. Representatives of some of the Read more

Constitutional amendment will block extremism says priest Comments 0

The chancellor of Samoa’s Catholic Archdiocese said he supports proposed amendment to the constitution which will declare Samoa a Christian nation. He said while people of other faiths should not be worried by the amendment. But it will stop those who create conflict in the name of religion from coming to Samoa. “It doesn’t mean Read more

Opinion

Down syndrome in and out of love Comments 0

A long ago school mate of mine had an older sister called Edith. I wondered why Edith didn’t go to our school; I wondered about other things, too. Worrying things. What was the matter with Edith? ‘Edith doesn’t really look Read more

Benjamin Netanyahu – hero or villain? Comments 1

Benjamin Netanyahu is about to make an historic visit to Australia. Should he come and how should he be received? Having just guided legislation through the Knesset ‘legalising’ the illegal: settler outposts on private Palestinian land; he has seemingly set Read more

Man tipped to be USA’s next ambassador has colourful past Comments 0

ambassador

In theory New Zealand could say no to the appointment of Former US senator Scott Brown. He is being considered for nomination as President Trump’s ambassador to New Zealand. Among is other accomplishments Brown won Cosmopolitan magazine’s “America’s Sexiest Man” competition in 1982. He has also featured in a naked centrefold in the same magazine. Read more


  • Features

  • The Church – the world’s biggest charity

    Stalin famously said of the Church, “The Pope! How many divisions has he?” Less well known is Churchill’s response that Stalin “might have mentioned a number of legions not always visible on parade”. Indeed, the reach and influence of the Church are not easily described by statistics alone, yet the raw statistics are staggering enough. Read more

  • Jane Roe, legal abortion, and a change of heart

    When Flip Benham opened an office of his antiabortion group next door to an abortion clinic that employed Norma McCorvey, the two saw each other through the cliches of their respective ideologies. McCorvey, also known as “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, saw Benham’s group as “vicious, mean-spirited, fire-breathing, sanctimonious, self-righteous, bigoted hypocrites,” she would Read more

  • World

  • Vatican says “no” to exploiting pope’s image Comments 0

    Protecting the Pope’s image and official coat of arms “against cases of illicit use and exploitation for unauthorized profit” tops a Vatican to do list. The Vatican said the new focus is not related to the illegal posters and newspapers criticising Pope Francis that have appeared in Rome over the past weeks. The Vatican Secretariat Read more

  • Pope Francis could “sell out” China’s underground Catholic church Comments 0

    Pope Francis could “sell out” China’s underground Catholic church, according to Emeritus Cardinal Joseph Zen. Hong Kong-based 85 year old Zen, who is the is China’s highest ranking prelate, said China’s communist rulers want “total surrender” from the Church. Pope Francis “is really naïve” and “doesn’t know the Chinese communists,” he said. “The people around Read more

  • Pharmacists religious views on abortion pills ignored Comments 0

    Pharmacists religious views on medications that cause abortions (called abortifacients are being overruled in the UK. The “conscience clause” where pharmacists could refer customers wanting  abortifacients to other pharmacies will change on 1 May. The proposed 1 May changes to standards  could discriminate against those who personal or religious beliefs are against these drugs. The Read more

  • Holland’s far right speaks of Muslim scum Comments 0

    Holland’s far right presidential candidate, Geert Wilders, wants to prevent the spread of Islam and Muslim “scum” from the Netherlands. Islam is an ideology that “poses an existential threat to core European values”, he says. Wilders wants to close all mosques, ban the Quran and seal the Dutch borders to asylum seekers and immigrants from Islamic countries. He Read more

  • Confession in Australia may not remain sealed Comments 2

    Whether what is heard in confession stays in confession is being considered by the Australian Royal Commission investigating sexual abuse. Throughout the hearings the Royal Commission has heard a number of perspectives on this issue. For example, a priest (later jailed) said while continuing to abuse his victims he confessed his paedophilia several times. When asked Read more