New Zealand

St Mary’s College student assaulted at school Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

St Mary’s College, Wellington, has put extra staff on duty after a student was assaulted in the school grounds last Thursday. The assault was carried out by a former St Mary’s student. Parents and caregivers were officially told about the incident through an email from the school last Friday afternoon. The email said the current Read more

Olive Leaf Church design stirs up Central Otago Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

A proposed design for an Olive Leaf Church – so named because of its shape – has been rejected. The controversial design by Central Otago architect Fred Van Brandenburg will be decided by the pblic in May. The proposal has split the Central Otago town of Arrowtown, attracting 369 submissions last year. One-hundred-and-fifty opposed the Read more

PNG urged to discuss Manus Island refugees with NZ govt Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Papua New Guinea (PNG) should discuss resettling Manus Island refugees in New Zealand, says the Catholic Church in PNG. The general secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG, Giorgio Licini, wrote to PNG’s Prime Minister James Marape in January about this. In the letter Licini reminded Marape of New Zealand’s long standing offer to Read more

St Peter’s College lends helping hand in Gore Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

St Peter’s College in Gore has lent a hand in the Southland clean-up effort. When Dairy News visited, Darren Jack, deputy principal of Gore’s co-ed Catholic secondary school, St Peter’s College, was mucking in with a vanload of about a dozen of his students, clearing debris from fences on a dairy farm bordering the Mataura Read more

Students can opt out of singing national anthem for ‘cultural or religious reasons’ Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

A school principal who asked parents if their kids didn’t want to sing the national anthem for “cultural or religious reasons” says none have asked to have their kids opted out. Carlton Primary in Whanganui sent a text to parents this week asking if they could get in touch “if you do not want your Read more

Muslims have to compromise parts of their religion for home loan Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

A Christchurch man is struggling to get on the housing ladder because New Zealand’s banks don’t offer sharia-compliant loans. Hisham El Zeiny has lived in New Zealand for 21 years but is unable to buy his own home, partly because paying or receiving interest is forbidden in Islam and the country’s banks don’t offer alternative Read more

Shincheonji cult extends its reach to Palmerston North Comments 0

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

South Korea’s Shincheonji cult has made its way to Palmerston North, prompting a warning to tertiary institutes the cult could target highly populated student areas. Tertiary institutes say they have proper ways to keep an eye on students after fears were raised about the “highly effective cult” by members of Crossroads Church. They were recently Read more

Our housing problem is a human rights problem Comments 0

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

New Zealand’s housing problem is a human rights crisis of significant proportions, says a United Nations expert. United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to housing Leilani Farha who has been visiting New Zealand, has issued a statement about her findings. She said a “more ambitious, innovative and courageous approach” is necessary to solve the Read more

Our unborn babies will lose their legal rights Comments 0

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Our unborn babies will lose their legal rights if Parliament passes the Abortion Legislation Bill in the form proposed by a select committee, New Zealand’s Catholic bishops say. Their existing rights are already tenuous, the bishops note. The legislation offers infants with foetal disabilities even less protection than they have under the current law. Speaking Read more

Poverty, loneliness behind high rates of suicide among elderly men Comments 0

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

A focus on reducing death by suicide among young people is ageist and misleading, an expert in mental health among the elderly says. Associate Professor Yoram Barak said a recent Otago University study showed rates of death by suicide for men aged over 85 in the past 10 years were similar to those among younger Read more