New Zealand

National Hui for Maori Pastoral Care Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The inaugural National Māori Pastoral Care Hui was held on 9 May 2019, at Connolly Hall, Wellington. Te Ohu Kai Manaaki, the Māori Pastoral Care Team of the Archdiocese of Wellington, organised the Hui. The bishops nominated the participants as those Church members who are working in Māori pastoral care and Ministry with Māori in Read more

New Zealand tops ratings for upholding Qur’anic principles Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

New Zealand’s population is only 1 per cent Muslim, but according to one analysis, it is the country that most closely follows Qur’anic principles. The Islamicity Indices, compiled by the Islamicity Foundation, a US-based nonprofit, measure world governments by how well they adhere to the Islamic principles set forth in the Qur’an. The indices measure Read more

More than 1000 doctors sign letter against ‘assisted suicide’ Bill Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The Care Alliance, a charity which opposes physician-assisted euthanasia, has taken out a full-page advertisement in the New Zealand Herald. The letter has been signed by 1061 doctors, of the 17,000 registered doctors in New Zealand. Medical Association chair Dr Kate Baddock agreeds with the letter and the majority of their more than 5000 members oppose Read more

Arsonist’s mother: ‘Utter sorrow’ after son burned down churches Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Jacob Lowenstein was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison after he burned down two Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints buildings. His mother Kath Payne, said her son had a “strong mind  “He’s not a mindless church-burning thug. He had a really good sized bout of depression and he made some really stupid choices in Read more

Love Island so shallow it may as well be called Love Puddle Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Love Island is back for another season and that means so am I, says reviewer Alice Brine. Islands are normally surrounded by bodies of deep water, however, every single person on this show is so shallow, it might as well be called Love Puddle. Every single part of this show is shallow, people talk about being Read more

2019 NZ Budget: Eyebrow-raising $25m to prevent ‘boat people’ Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The Wellbeing Budget contained a surprise immigration initiative, aimed at stopping ‘boat people’. This isn’t a new risk, so Newsroom’s Laura Walters asks why the big boost now? The Government has allocated an extra $25 million over four years to prevent people from being smuggled to New Zealand by boat. It was a surprise new initiative Read more

Traditional hymns ‘dying’ Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Churches are shunning traditional hymns in favour of more modern songs backed with guitars and bands. A world-wide lack of organists and pianists is partly to blame for the shift to guitar-backed music, but churches are also changing to appeal to newer tastes. Retired Nelson church organist and teacher Alan K Gray said churches were struggling Read more

Kmart claims ban on Christian words a ‘system error’ Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
ban on christian words

Kmart is under fire for banning words ‘Jesus’ and ‘Church’ on their photo kiosks while ‘Islam’ and ‘Mosque’ are OK. Australian Kmart customers Anthony Dorsett and his wife, Marelynda, were attempting to print photographs for a church group in a kiosk at Kmart. They found that certain Christian-related words — including “God,” “church,” “Jesus,” “Jewish” Read more

Big purple van takes on the rip-off merchants Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
the good shop

In South Auckland, the Salvation Army is running a mobile shop in a big purple van. The Good Shop is an attempt to disrupt the fleet of mobile shops that cruise low-income areas selling overpriced goods and offering loans at extortionate rates of interest. People with disabilities or a lack of transport are commonly targeted by Read more

Third of NZers would consider voting for a conservative or Christian party Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

A third of New Zealand would consider voting for a party with Christian or conservative values at the 2020 election, the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll reveals. Of those polled, 58 per cent said they would not consider voting for a Christian or conservative party, 33 per cent said they would consider it and Read more