New Zealand

More Kiwis falling into poverty Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Salvation Army State of the Nation

The Salvation Army says drugs, crime and poverty mar its latest state of the nation report. It says despite the country becoming wealthier, many Kiwis don’t share the prosperity. The Salvation Army says the number of families seeking food parcels from its 65 food banks jumped 12 percent this year. It says demand had held Read more

Caritas sends aid to Tonga after cyclone Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Cyclone Gita

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is distributing aid to Tonga in the wake of Cyclone Gita. Caritas is the Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. It has appealed for donations so that it can increase its work on Tonga. The agency says the category 4 storm carried winds of between 110 and 275 kph Read more

Bishop acknowledges priest’s paternity Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Bishop of Auckland believes Auckland woman’s is daughter of Catholic priest

The Bishop of Auckland says he believes an Auckland woman’s claim that she is the daughter of a Catholic priest. Bishop Patrick Dunn says he has seen and accepted further evidence. The woman has not made her name public and uses the pseudonym ‘Kathleen’. Bishop Dunn says he told the woman that he confirmed this Read more

A Christian Brother for 70 years Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

A leader of the Catholic Church in Rotorua is set to mark 70 years as a Christian Brother. Brother Vincent Jury will celebrate the milestone in Murupara this Sunday where he has served for 25 years. Continue reading  

Many Dunedin pubs open for Easter Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Dunedin bar owners are toasting moves allowing them to serve booze to Ed Sheeran fans at Easter. The city council voted in December to allow shops to trade on the prominent religious holiday, coinciding with the British pop star’s three concerts in the city, but has since gone a step further by granting 10 special Read more

Swapping honeymoon for South Sudan Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Amy, 28, and 31-year-old Travis Nilsson got married in January last year and spent the first six months of their marriage in Sudan, the landlocked country in East-Central Africa. And when the Tauranga couple returned home they could not continue living their “comfortable lives” and decided to leave their house, jobs and family to return Read more

Māori Women’s Welfare League awards Kuia Mate Carr Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018
kōhanga reo

Matekitawhiti Carr, Friday, was honoured for 65 years of community involvement. Carr, 95, better known as “Aunty Mate” or “Nan”, received recognition of her 35 years service to kōhanga reo and her 65 years’ involvement with Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko I te Ora (Māori Women’s Welfare League). Tiahuia Abraham QSO, the league’s Aotea branch Read more

New curriculum document for religious education Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018
Catholic curriculum

Religious education teachers in Catholic primary schools have a new curriculum document to guide their teaching. The guide supports teaching the mandated New Zealand Religious Education Curriculum in today’s school setting. The new document, published by the National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) is designed to be a practical way of teaching a 20 year old Read more

Auckland woman: my father was a priest Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018

An Auckland woman has spoken out about her belief that her late father was a Catholic priest. Using the pseudonym ‘Kathleen’, the woman says her father had a high profile in the Auckland diocese. “He was a very good priest, a wonderful person, much loved, respected,” she says. ‘Kathleen’ says the journey of his priestly Read more

Euthanasia scare tactics Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Pro-euthanasia campaigners say the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton East is trying to scare parishioners into signing a ready-made submission form. Submission forms printed for parishioners to fill in to oppose the bill say euthanasia could apply to people with gluten intolerance, arthritis and asthma. The End of Life Choice Bill, currently Read more