New Zealand

NZ Catholic to cease publication announces Bishop Lowe

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
NZ Catholic

New Zealand’s national newspaper NZ Catholic will cease publication at the end of June. The Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Steve Lowe, confirmed the 27-year old publication’s closure and thanked NZ Catholic readers for their faithful support. Subscribers are offered refunds for their prepaid subscription. NZ Catholic’s closure will bring to an end a 150-year tradition Read more

Former Trinity Catholic College student inspires with NASA success story

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

A former pupil of Dunedin’s Trinity Catholic College, now a NASA scientist, returned to his alma mater to inspire students to follow their passion. Hamish Prince, who graduated from college in 2014, recently spoke to students about his journey from Dunedin to NASA. Prince, a graduate research assistant in atmospheric science, shared how his love Read more

I Am Hope – $24m boost for Gumboot Friday

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
I am hope

Mike King’s Gumboot Friday counselling service for young people will receive $24 million over four years as part of the Government’s upcoming Budget. It will increase the service’s current contracted counsellor pool from 555 to about 855, which will help provide up to 160,000 free counselling sessions for people aged between 5 and 25 over Read more

Private jet use is increasing in New Zealand, climate crisis be damned

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

The private jet passengers saunter down the red carpet, wearing sunglasses and heels; paparazzi cameras flash. The sky is blue, the air control tower in the background is watchful and the climate protesters on each side of the red carpet are holding banners and chanting, “If we allow private jets, climate change is what we Read more

Hospices are about life

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Hospices are about life, not just death as some might think. They make people’s lives – if not their health – better. “People often think we are only there for those final moments, but the earlier people access hospice the better” says Waipuna Hospice CEO Richard Thurlow. “Whether that’s months or even years, getting the Read more

Loafers Lodge – one year on – who ‘really’ cares?

Monday, May 20th, 2024
Loafers Lodge

It’s one year since the Loafers Lodge fire. Loafers Lodge did not have a fire sprinkler system. It was not required to by law. Five men died. Eighty-two people lost their homes. Some lost all their possessions. People were concerned, shocked, grieving. Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge told RNZ after the fire that he hoped Read more

Taupō school put in lockdown as police respond to reports of person with a gun

Monday, May 20th, 2024

A Taupō school lockdown has now been lifted after police responded to a report of a person with a gun in the area. Police were called to Acacia Bay Rd, Nukuhau. However, police have since confirmed no firearm was involved and they are “speaking with the person” involved. “Cordons are being stood down and the Read more

Warning fat city rates rises could make housing crisis worse

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Verbal hearings on the city council’s long term plan have heard strong warnings of severe impacts on the “vulnerable” if fat double digit rates rises go through. The draft plan for 2024-34 proposes rates rise by nearly 19.9% next financial year and by 15.5% annually for the following four years. On Thursday’s day two of Read more

Hong Kong national security trial names two former New Zealand MPs

Thursday, May 16th, 2024
Kiwi MPs

A national security trial in Hong Kong has dredged up two former New Zealand MPs names. They are former National MP Simon O’Connor and ex-Labour MP Louisa Wall. Jimmy Lai and Andy Li Catholic entrepreneur and democracy activist Jimmy Lai is on trial. He founded the popular pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily. He was Read more

Waitangi Treaty attack prompts iwi to write to King Charles

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

One Northland iwi, Ngāti Kahu, has drafted a letter to King Charles III concerning Te Tiriti O Waitangi . They want him to stop the “violent attack” on the Treaty presented by the ACT Party’s Treaty Principals Bill. Urgent hearing Iwi chairperson Professor Makere Mutu presented evidence at an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing into the Read more