New Zealand

His dad’s a Mongrel Mob member, he is a doctor Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019
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Growing-up around the gang – his father and several uncles were members – was a “normal” part of his childhood says Jordan Tewhaiti-Smith (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi). He was one of 39 Māori medical graduands who took part in a pre-graduation ceremony last Friday at the University of Otago. He is about to Read more

Graduation at Māori university Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019
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Graduation took place at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki, on Saturday 7th December. 350 students graduated. There are about 4.500 students enrolled at the University. While Te Wānanga o Raukawa is based in Ōtaki, most of the students enrolled are from other districts. Students at Graduation came from near (for example Porirua, Levin) and far Read more

Human sexuality education in Aotearoa. A new framing document Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019
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The National Centre for Religious Studies has produced a new framing document for Catholic Schools and the wider Aotearoa Catholic community on human sexuality education. The document is titled He Anga Whakamārama – Te Mātauranga Hōkakatanga: He puka ārahi mā ngā hapori Katorika o Aotearoa (Framing Document – Human Sexuality Education: A guide for Catholic Read more

New Zealand doctors suffering from a burnout ‘epidemic’ Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Nearly half of New Zealand doctors have considered leaving medicine because of burnout, a survey has found. A survey of 300 Kiwi doctors by the Medical Protection Society found half felt unable to take a break between procedures, and almost as many did not feel their wellbeing was a priority at work Read more

Cosi club again denies entry to men wearing a turban Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

A South Auckland based club – Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club has once again denied entry to Sikh patrons citing archaic rules around “headgears,” which is the fourth such incident in the last decade. One News on Monday, December 9, reported that Jagdip Bajwa went to the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club with some friends on the evening of Read more

White Island tradgedy: NZ Bishops statement Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Along with all New Zealanders, we are deeply distressed and saddened by the tragedy of the volcanic eruption at Whakaari/White Island. Our prayers are for those whose lives have been lost, and for the injured, conscious that their injuries are of a most serious and painful nature. We cannot begin to imagine the grief and Read more

Cardinal Dew Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

To mark Human Rights Day, the archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John has written a letter about the exploitation of temporary migrant workers in New Zealand, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment(MBIE) review of the problem. He mentions such exploited migrants raising their problems at churches in Wellington, and urges people to listen, watch Read more

Otago-led study to look at religion, family size and child health Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019
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The John Templeton Foundation has recently allocated almost $4 million to conduct an Otago University-led study – The Evolutionary Dynamics of Religion, Family Size, and Child Success. The research will be led by Dr John Shaver, University of Otago’s Religion programme head, with Otago Research Fellow Dr Joseph Watts, who will conduct fieldwork in The Read more

New Catholic secondary school likely for South Auckland Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019
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Long-awaited plans for a new Catholic secondary school in South Auckland are finally progressing. These plans were announced in a press statement last year by Catholic Education Office chief executive Paul Ferris. He said the Church had bought 25ha in Burtt Rd, Drury, South Auckland three years ago for a new 1,000-student, $40m co-educational high Read more

Christchurch’s new Catholic Cathedral in heart of the city Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019
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The Catholic bishop of Christchurch, Paul Martin, says the diocese will build a new cathedral in the centre of the city adjacent to Victoria Square. The new cathedral will form part of a $500m “North of the Square” development. The development site is bordered by Armagh Street, Colombo Street, Cambridge Terrace and Manchester Street. It Read more