New Zealand

A new chapel for St Bede’s College Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019
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A new chapel at St Bede’s College in Christchurch was consecrated and opened last Thursday. Bishop Paul Martin presided at the ceremony and preached. Those attending included emeritus bishop Basil Meeking, David Kennerley, the New Zealand leader of the Society of Mary, former Rector of St Bede’s, Des Darby, twenty-five priests, many of whom were Read more

Hato Pāora College students learn science through the use of Māori legends Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019
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Massey University’s Pūhoro science, technology, engineering and maths academy a help young Māori minds session for more than 150 teenagers at IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute (IPU) last Friday. Students from Hato Pāora College took part in a programme. The photograph above shows Hato Pāora College students trying to build a hydraulic arm powered by Read more

Marist Messenger picks up three awards Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

National Catholic Monthly, The Marist Messenger, received three awards at the annual Australasian Catholic Press Association annual awards dinner held in Bathurst last week. Father Kevin Head, editor of the Marist Messenger said he was delighted with the awards. He was particularly pleased that the efforts of his small staff, working with few resources, had Read more

Christian Social Services: Causes of Kiwi families poverty Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

But as a major new study raises concerns about a $630 million funding shortfall for social service providers, families face an increasingly complex landscape when it comes to fighting poverty. Trevor McGlinchey, the executive director at the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, said the typical Kiwi family seeking help was now often more at Read more

NZ resident healer faces murder charges in Fiji Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Huge crowds are gathered at the Nadi Magistrates Court in Fiji today after news broke a man had been charged in relation to the deaths of a family in the Nausori Highlands last month Police have charged a man who holds Permanent Residency status in New Zealand with five counts of murder and one of Read more

Church arsonist jailed for parole breach Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

A former Christchurch man jailed in 2016 for arson that caused $2.3 million damage to a church there has admitted breaching parole in Gisborne. Cheyenne Destiny Jade Reed, 38 burned down St Margaret’s Presbyterian Church in Farrington Ave, Bishopdale, during May 2016. Read more

New Zealand genetic modification laws need an overhaul Comments 0

Thursday, September 12th, 2019
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An expert panel has been set up by Royal Society Te Apārangito consider the implications of new technologies that allow much more controlled and precise ‘editing’ of genes. It has concluded it’s time for an overhaul of the regulations and that there’s an urgent need for wide discussion and debate about gene editing within and Read more

Parliamentary prayer: You say “yes” I say “no” Comments 0

Thursday, September 12th, 2019
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Speaker Trevor Mallard does not have any plans to revisit the parliamentary prayer, even though it was less popular among MPs and in public feedback than the previous one. The majority want change. It is just that they were split about what the change should be. Mallard appeared before the governance and administration select committee Read more

Dutch expert changes his mind about euthanasia Comments 0

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

A Dutch euthanasia expert says he’s seen assisted dying in his country go from being seen as a last resort to a “project” to be managed. “I used to be a supporter of [euthanasia] legislation. But now, with twelve years of experience, I take a different view,” says Dr Theo A. Boer. From 2005 to Read more

Small steps toward a normal life in Pasifika youth court Comments 0

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

The Pasifika youth court sits in a community hall in Mangere. This courtroom is nothing like the drama of Suits. These are real young people who’ve made poor decisions, but with the wraparound support of the system and their families, are making steady efforts to turn their lives around. Read more