New Zealand

River has more rights than the unborn say Family First Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament last week, establishes a new legal framework for the river. Family First has taken the occasion as an opportunity to highlight the fact that the unborn child has no legal rights. They say the new law gives the Whanganui river Read more

Marist College preparing students for the digital age Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
digital age

Marist College, a girls’ Catholic secondary school in Mt Albert, endeavours to equip its students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful in the digital age. It wants the students to have the confidence to select the areas in which their interests lie; and with the skills required to take their learning further Read more

Healthy youth relationships boosted by CWL donation Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Loves-Me-Not programme gets support from CWL

The Sophie Elliott “Loves-Me-Not” education programme is the 2017 beneficiary of the Catholic Women’s League “Mission at Home” appeal. CWL National President, Kay Blackburn made the presentation during the League’s recent annual conference in Alexandra, Central Otago. The $10,766 donation, on behalf of the 70 CWL branches throughout New Zealand, was gratefully received by Loves-Me-Not writers, Read more

Palliative care practitioners speak out against euthanasia and assisted suicide Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

More than 30 of Australia and New Zealand’s top palliative care practitioners have joined forces to oppose the introduction of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, describing the practice as “unnecessary and unsafe”. It was a response to an opinion piece recently published in the MJA by Palliative Care Specialist, Professor Emeritus Ian Maddocks, who asked Read more

South Auckland politicians oppose Easter Sunday trading bid Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

South Auckland politicians say they are opposed to allowing work on Easter Sunday. Auckland Council’s governing body voted to go to the community about whether it should allow  Easter Sunday trading  from next year. Continue reading

The Big Sleep Out aims to raise $350k for the homeless Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Big Sleep Out on July 6 at Auckland’s AUT City campus aims to raise funds that will go towards Ending Youth Homelessness. Last year’s sleepout saw 130 participants who helped raised more than $300,000, but this time in its eighth year, the event is aiming to raise at least $350,000. Continue reading

New Zealand implicated in donation from a dubious trust to Order of Malta Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017
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Germany’s Bild newspaper says a multi-million dollar donation seen to be at the centre of the Order of Malta’s recent dispute with the Holy See came from a New Zealand registered trust. Bild reported that the Grand Chancellor of the Order, Baron Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, accepted a 30 million Swiss franc donation (US$31 million) Read more

Trump’s proposed family leave broader than New Zealand’s? Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017
family life

Buried deep in Donald Trump’s speech to Congress is a proposal to provide paid family leave. Commentators are saying it is significant he called it family leave, rather than maternity leave. “It’s critical that it’s shifting to paid family leave and away from maternity leave,” says Victoria Budson, executive director of Harvard’s Women and Public Read more

St Mary’s College 7’s rugby champs – with a little help from coach’s mate Ardie Savea Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Tuga Mativa and his mate All Black Ardie Savea have put St Mary’s College in Wellington on the world rugby map. St Mary’s College Sevens team was first formed less than two years ago. In 2016 the girls won every tournament they entered and are the current National Secondary School Champions. Now, in April, they hope Read more

Pope honours prominent Catholic Indian for service to NZ church Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Pope Francis has bestowed on a prominent member of the Catholic Indian and business communities the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope)  medal. Wenceslaus Anthony,  a Catholic, the the Chairman of the Divine Retreat Centre of New Zealand and Chairman of Indian Newslink Community Fund. Continue reading