New Zealand

Civil and Church leaders join in honouring Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018
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Members of the Rātana Movement celebrated a day of Thanksgiving on Thursday 8th November. Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard from Wellington attended on behalf of Cardinal John Dew and the Catholic Church. The photograph shows Karatea-Goddard with Anglican Archdeacon Don Rangi. The late Pihopa Tākuira Mariu always made a point of going to join the Ratana ceremonies. Read more

36% of Kiwi children don’t know the Christmas story, so… Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018
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A Bible Society New Zealand (BSNZ) survey conducted by Nielsen in 2015 revealed that 36% of New Zealand Children have never seen, read or heard the story of Jesus’ birth. BSNZ is hoping to reach these children by giving away 85,000 copies of The Well Good News of Christmas. This book is part of Bible Society’s Pass Read more

Catholic Church leaders welcome inclusion in Royal Commission Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018
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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops and Catholic religious orders have welcomed the inclusion of faith-based institutions in the New Zealand Government’s expanded inquiry into the historical abuse of children. On Monday the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced the scope of the inquiry will include faith-based institutions. It will be called the Royal Commission into Historical Read more

New Zealand ranks sixth in global wealth report Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

New Zealand is the world’s sixth richest country. But wealth is unevenly shared, and when it comes to the median income, New Zealand drops to eighth. Only the US, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway and Australia rank ahead on per adult wealth, according to the Global Wealth report from investment bank Credit Suisse. Continue reading

Should NZ defend or amend national anthem? Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

 Herald reader acknowledging that the parliamentary prayer has been modified suggested New Zealand’s national anthem, God Defend New Zealand demands the same scrutiny, notes Max Cryer. “This is not impossible. Australia and Canada have both altered words within their official anthem, and in 1971 the Chancellor of the Exchequer reminded the British Parliament that Britain’s anthem, God Save the Read more

Wellington one of 12 dioceses to lead initiatives for World Day of the Poor Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
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The Archdiocese of Wellington has been invited, among 12 other dioceses from around the world, to take the lead for this year’s celebration of the World Day of the Poor on November 18. Other dioceses include Manila in the Philippines and Bangui, the Central African Republic, to United States’ Boston and Europe’s Madrid and Paris. Read more

New Zealand acknowledges its part in Samoa’s influenza epidemic Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
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New Zealand is supporting the repair and redevelopment of a site in Vaimoso cemetery, near Apia in Samoa, which will be a national memorial to the influenza epidemic. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced support for the memorial and the refurbishment of the nurses’ training centre to mark the centenary of the arrival of Read more

Te Wānanga o Raukawa…the story behind Ngāti Kapu carvings Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Recently Te Wānanga o Raukawa opened a building called Te Ara a Tāwhaki. In this building is a central Lecture Theatre called ‘Te Kete Uruuru Rangi.’ It is surrounded by carvings. As part of those carvings, there are sets of ‘pou’ (carved wall features or poles) which express the ancestral links each hapū has. One Read more

Russian priest lands in Dunedin for world record attempt Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

A Russian priest is in Dunedin to launch a world record rowing attempt. Fedor Konyukhov aims to become the first person to row the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn, eventually completing a 27,000-kilometre solo circumnavigation of the world. Continue reading

Rātana Church issues stern warning to Ardern’s Government Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Some Rātana followers are worried Labour is taking advantage of the church’s political support. “After we’ve aligned to them in their good favour, they then drop us like a hot pancake,” one woman told Newshub. Read more