New Zealand

A new direction for Ozanam House Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019
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The Ozanam House Trust has provided accommodation in Palmerston North for cancer patients and their caregivers since 1967 It was the brainchild of members of the Palmerston North St. Vincent de Paul Society. People requiring treatment for cancer have, until now, had to go to Palmerston North from other mid-north Island places to receive treatment Read more

Growing interest in the Muslim faith Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019
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There are no official nationwide figures on Muslims in New Zealand but anecdotally there are signs of a growing interest in the Islamic faith. Since the Christchurch terror attack, thousands have taken Qurans or other literature. Imam Nizamul Haq Thanvi of the International Muslim Association of New Zealand said immediately after the attack, three to Read more

Concern expressed over proposed developments in Christchurch Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019
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About Sixty people from throughout the diocese of Christchurch met at Sacred Heart Hall Addington on Sunday 11 August, to discuss their hopes for the future of the diocese. They were responding to two announcements made recently by the bishop Christchurch Paul Martin. On 9 June he announced a proposal to close 13 churches in the diocese Read more

Beggars branded ‘pretty evil’ criminals Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Beggars have been branded “pretty evil” organised criminals by the head of an upscale Auckland retail district’s business association. But a senior police officer has rejected Mark Knoff-Thomas’ claim, saying there was no evidence to support his assertion that beggars were connected to organised crime. Read more

Medicinal cannabis products available without proof of safety Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Cannabis-based products will be allowed to bypass usual processes required for medicines in New Zealand and go directly onto the market without any proof of safety or effectiveness. This unprecedented proposal is contained in the government’s consultation document on giving greater access to medicinal cannabis. Read more 

Rosmini College schoolboy in Tall Blacks World Cup frame Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

>Rosmini College schoolboy Taine Murray has bolted into the Tall Blacks’ World Cup selection frame, after being named in their 14-man squad for this month’s trip to Japan and Australia. The 17-year-old impressed so much at this week’s selection camp in Auckland, that coach Paul Henare said he had no option but to pick him, for Read more

Hong Kong-China protests at Auckland Uni ongoing Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Opposing student sentiments at The University of Auckland (UoA) are causing ongoing protests between those supporting mainland China’s right to rule Hong Kong and those against it. The university has launched an investigation after Chinese students were filmed verbally threatening another group of students who were protesting against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong. Read more

Survivors losing faith after Sir Anand’s abuse inquiry resignation Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Sir Anand Satyanand’s sudden resignation from the The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry is being seen as a sign of the commission’s dysfunctionality, say survivors. The say they’re losing faith that the Inquiry will uncover the extent of what happened to children in state and church care. Some of them hope Sir Anand Read more

KiwiSaver funds invested in nuclear weapons Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

New Zealanders’ long, proud anti-nuclear weapon history is being compromised by KiwiSaver investments according to Paul Brownsey, Chief Investment Officer of Pathfinder Asset Management. “We have strong opinions about where our money is invested. We especially don’t like it to go to organisations manufacturing nuclear weapons.” Yet according to Brownsey, some New Zealanders are helping Read more

Strongest call yet for overhaul of ‘outdated’ genetic engineering laws Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

New Zealand’s top scientific body has joined calls for an overhaul of genetic engineering (GE) laws, after finding an “urgent need” for a fresh look at how we might use the contentious technology. The Prime Minister’s chief science adviser has also shared with Jacinda Ardern her belief that laws governing gene editing technologies were no Read more