New Zealand

Palmerston North diocese functioning well without a bishop Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

The Palmerston North diocese is working well, even without a bishop. The diocese has a positive vision for the coming year says newly appointed general manager, Liam Greer. Greer told parishioners in a presentation around the diocese that the diocese’s prime focus is its mission. “One of the best questions (during the presentation) that was Read more

Perfect storm swamping the housing crisis Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

The housing crisis is going through a “perfect storm” and is likely to worsen over the next year, a post-election briefing to the Housing Minister says. The Hon Megan Woods has been told historically low-interest rates, a stalled private rental market and not enough new houses are drivers of the housing crisis. An increasing population Read more

National March for Life; voice for pre-born children at Parliament Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Over a thousand people gathered in Wellington last Saturday to give a voice to pre-born children in the National March for Life. The event celebrates the value of life and the unborn child and offers a peaceful protest against New Zealand’s abortion laws. “Forty-three years ago, Parliament passed a law that said not all unborn Read more

Cardinal Dew replaces Bishop Dunn as bishop’s conference president Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) has appointed Wellington Cardinal John Dew as its president. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn stepped down from the role at the end of his three-year term and because of health reasons. Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe was also appointed vice-president and secretary of the conference. Auckland Auxiliary Bishop Michael Gielen Read more

125 years on an exciting future for Catholic Māori Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Eucharist, marking the 125th anniversary of the building of Sts Peter and Paul, Kauwhata, Feilding was held on 29 November. It was on that day in 1895 that Archbishop Redwood celebrated the first Mass there. The Church is one of the oldest in New Zealand still in regular use. Run by local Māori, Fr Philip Read more

Samaritan returns stolen items to church Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

A good Samaritan has returned all the items stolen from St Paul’s Lutheran Community Church in Upper Moutere. The church, which was broken into just over a week ago was stripped of almost everything movable inside. The haul included treasured historic items and artworks. One of the stolen items was a painting by Gottfried Lindauer. Read more

Council declines olive leaf-shaped parish centre application Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

A planned olive leaf-shaped parish centre in Arrowtown has been rejected by council commissioners. After a public hearing, Queenstown Lakes District Council commissioners found the “Olive Leaf” building, which would double as a community centre, was a remarkable design and made some positive contributions to heritage character in the town. It would also have positive Read more

State-Integrated schools take government to court over funding Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

State-Integrated schools are taking the government to court because it is refusing to give them millions of dollars of extra property funding. State-Integrated schools were left out when the government announced at the end of last year it was giving state schools $400 million to spend on their buildings as part of a wider package Read more

Social media post prompts ‘disturbing’ classroom assault Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Social media was used to post a video of an assault in a Greymouth school classroom last week. Two Greymouth High School girls have been suspended after they stormed into a classroom at John Paul II High School and assaulted a junior girl. A third girl filmed the attack and then posted the video on Read more

Former Labour MP calls for “inequality emergency” Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

A former Labour MP is calling for an “inequality emergency” to be declared, after the Government announced a climate emergency last week. Sue Moroney said the Government, with its “strong mandate”, had the ability to start tackling growing inequality in New Zealand. “Naming it [climate change] as an emergency is important,” she said. “I’d like Read more