New Zealand

Five year partnership between Caritas and MFAT

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
Caritas NZ

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is leading a new five year programme – He Oranga Taurikura – A Thriving Life. The programme works with local communities in the Pacific and South East Asia. It aims to continue to reduce the impact of poverty with a focus on girls and women, refugees and migrants, and indigenous peoples. Read more

Cabinet considered asking churches to help pay for Royal Commission

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
Dept Prime Minister & Cabinet

Skyrocketing spending saw Cabinet Ministers (pictured) thinking of asking churches to help pay for the Royal Commission into historic abuse in care. Official documents reveal the myriad of options the government also considered using artificial intelligence to analyse potentially highly sensitive documents. The aim was to cut staffing costs. Instead of passing on the expenses Read more

Many memories as Havelock church farewelled

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Memories of the role of the Sacred Heart church in the Havelock community in Marlborough were re-told at the final Mass in the earthquake-prone building held last month. Wellington archdiocese vicar-general Msgr Gerard Burns led the Mass, attended by about 60 people, saying it was a sad occasion. However, while it was sad for the Read more

Caritas announces winners of 2021 SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, the Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition. The theme for this year’s competition is A NEW WAY FORWARD. Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the world has changed. We are faced with the challenge of Read more

‘Business as usual’ for Traditional Latin Mass goers

Thursday, July 29th, 2021
Wikimedia Commons

A priest who offers the traditional Latin Mass is urging his parishioners to pray for the New Zealand bishops as they prayerfully discern “the great benefit to Aotearoa of our Latin Mass communities”. “We cannot minimise the attack that this document represents on what we love most in this life; or — better to say Read more

Third-rate outcomes belie government’s child poverty focus

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Despite the Ardern government’s stated child poverty focus, more and more of New Zealand’s children,  particularly Māori and Pacific children, are suffering. In the face of miserable outcomes in relation to child poverty, obesity, suicide and basic education, the Prime Minister remains upbeat about her government’s efforts to date. “You would be hard pressed to Read more

On yer bike: Cyclists not using flash new bike facility in Auckland

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

A flash new bike parking facility on Auckland’s North Shore, complete with charging and repair stations, CCTV and toilets, is missing one important thing – bicycles. The bike park is part of the $36.1 million Toka Puia car park with 420 car parking spaces on Huron St, which opened last December to replace the loss Read more

International donor giving $10 million to rebuild mosque after Christchurch terror attack

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

One of the mosques at the centre of the Christchurch terrorist attack will be rebuilt as part of a $10 million development paid for by an international donor. A United Arab Emirates foundation, known for funding multimillion-dollar buildings across the world, enlisted an Australian architect to design a new mosque and events centre commemorating the Read more

Social media bullying after school hours flows into our classrooms

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

University of Canterbury specialist teaching programme co-ordinator Dr Cara Swit said adolescent bullies often bullied other teens both online and face-to-face in the school environment. “There’s no reprieve for the victim, it’s just ongoing, they can’t get away from it.” It was much easier for online bullies to conceal their identities which made intervention harder, Read more

Pandemic changes traditional Latin priest’s ordination

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Traditional Latin priest Brendan Boyce’s ordination fell foul of COVID pandemic regulations, resulting in last-minute reorganisation. Boyce (pictured), was due to be ordained in the Traditional Latin Rite by Sydney’s Opus Dei bishop, Richard Umbers however a pause in the travel bubble with Australia intervened. Instead, Boyce was ordained by retired Hamilton Bishop, Denis Browne Read more