New Zealand

Harsh lessons for Māori as calls for help go largely unanswered

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
Waatea News

Māori have learned harsh lessons since Auckland’s lockdown began say leaders in Māori health, data and science. Papakura Marae general practitioner Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen (pictured) says one of his harsh lessons was being told health resources were limited – when they weren’t. “When the majority population needed it, they have had unlimited resources, that’s Read more

Running parishes at higher capacities

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

If the “engine” of a parish involves mobilising the laity and harvesting their gifts, running parishes at higher capacities would be the norm. At present, the engine running parishes is running low –  at about five per cent capacity. That’s what Canada’s Fr James Mallon, author of “Divine Renovation — From Maintenance to a Missional Church” and Read more

Greeters not bouncers

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
greeters not bouncers

Church leaders are confused about how to implement the My Vaccine Pass – one sums it up saying “We are greeters – not bouncers”. From December 3, people wanting to attend church services, gatherings, hospitality events, gyms and those wanting to avail themselves of close contact businesses will need the My Vaccine Pass to prove Read more

Lifelong health toll from childhood adversity revealed in New Zealand research

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Poor mental health is almost three times more prevalent among people in New Zealand who experienced four or more “adverse childhood events” compared with people who experienced none, Auckland University research suggests. The study covered eight types of childhood adversity: Emotional, physical or sexual abuse, and growing up in a household where there was violence, Read more

Supreme Court rejects ‘exceptional’ basis for health professionals and teachers ‘no jab, no job’ appeal

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Small groups of health professionals and teachers challenging the Government’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate have lost a bid for an exceptional appeal direct to the Supreme Court. New Zealand Doctors Speaking Out with Science (NZDSOS) and its related group for teachers (NZTSOS) lost the first part of their case in the High Court earlier this month. Read more

Anglicans question implementation of the traffic light system

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

The Anglican church is among the organisations trying to navigate the new traffic light system. In order to operate at maximum levels, under the traffic light system, churches, like businesses are required to refuse access to those not double vaccinated. Many people have expressed confusion about the new framework and last Friday the Anglican Bishop Read more

Warm shower, clothes washed and a chat; restoring dignity in hard times

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

A new Orange Sky hybrid laundry and shower van began operating on Auckland’s streets on Wednesday. It is a second service for the city which accounts for nearly half the country’s homeless population. Orange Sky’s NZ Operations Manager Eddie Uini says many New Zealanders are continuing to face hard times in order to endure the Read more

Catholic bishops tolerate society’s Covid restrictions – for now

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

The New Zealand Catholic bishops are prepared to tolerate the State’s sweeping public health measures, however, they want the mandates and vaccine pass requirements to be continually reviewed. Their support of the government’s Covid measures is contingent on and only justified by, “the emergency situation as it exists at this point in time.” While all Read more

Call for College of Psychiatrists to issue apology to Lake Alice abuse survivors

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

A group monitoring the work of the Abuse in Care inquiry is calling on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) to apologise to survivors of abuse at Lake Alice Child and Adolescent Unit in the 1970s. The Royal Commission Forum says the College colluded and was complicit in the abuse of Read more

Grand, tired St Patrick’s will be sold

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Another of Lawrence’s historic churches, St Patrick’s, is to be sold, in what has been described as a ‘‘wrench’’ for parishioners. St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Lawrence parish chairman Geoff Blackmore informed the Otago Daily Times of the decision this week, drawing to a close a process that began in December last year. At that time, Read more