New Zealand

NZ Anglican schism inflamed by Australian meddling Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

A schism that developed in 2018 over same-sex marriage blessings in the NZ Anglican church is being further inflamed by what is seen as meddling from Sydney’s ultra-conservative diocese. The Sydney diocese, which opposes same-sex marriage blessings, has indicated to the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand & Polynesia (ACANZP) that organised religion in New Zealand Read more

Dunedin diocese ‘proactively’ paying off $10-million debt Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Dunedin diocese has set a path to pay off its $10-million debt through a 30-year repayment plan. According to a Diocesan Finance Committee report published in The Tablet last month, the diocesan overdraft at the end of 2019 was just under $10 million. While an offset agreement with the ANZ Bank meant no interest was Read more

Catholic cathedral’s iconic copper dome could be sold as salvage Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

The distinctive copper dome rescued from the earthquake-damaged Catholic cathedral in Christchurch could be sold as salvage. The dome was painstakingly rescued from the stricken Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Barbadoes St in 2011 and has been in safe storage ever since. Catholic diocese property head Tony Sewell said many materials recovered from the Read more

Overseas workers told to leave too soon and unfairly – adviser Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Overseas workers are being ‘consigned to the rubbish heap’ after the government left them with no option except returning home, according to an immigration adviser. Skilled migrants stuck in lengthy queues for residence have been told if they are not eligible for another temporary visa while they wait, they will have to leave. Anthea Razack, Read more

Proposed wealth tax will hurt the cash poor Comments 0

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

A South Auckland poverty advocate says the Green Party’s proposed wealth tax will hurt people who are not wealthy. The proposed wealth tax would introduce a one percent tax on net assets over $1 million and two percent tax over $2 million. The proposal excludes housing wealth under a mortgage from the tax calculation. The Read more

Five eyes want NZ social media data Comments 0

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Civil liberties groups fear privacy, freedom of expression and trade secrets could be eroded if tech companies are compelled to give up their encrypted data to the government on request. The New Zealand Government, its Five Eyes security partners plus India and Japan want companies like Facebook to release encrypted data when requested. The reason: Read more

Free school lunch scheme disadvantages some including Catholic schools Comments 0

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

A $220 million increase in funds for free school lunches looks set to divide communities, with some schools joining the scheme while nearby schools miss out. About 640 schools have been invited to join the scheme next year. At present 221 schools are benefiting from the scheme. Sixty are in the pilot regions of the Read more

Bay of Plenty couple die 20 minutes apart after 66 years of marriage Comments 0

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

The Bay of Plenty couple were married for 66 years and had just celebrated their wedding anniversary. But early on Monday Kevin and Maureen Gallagher passed away 20 minutes apart at home. Leah Tebbutt tells their story of life, love and devotion. “Where you go, I go.” These were the words Maureen Hollis told her Read more

Schools sent reminder regarding distribution of political material Comments 0

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

A reminder has been given regarding the rules concerning Catholic schools sending out material related to politics. This was sparked after a principal from a central North Island Catholic school sent parents a link to information from Family First about the upcoming End of Life Choice Act and Cannabis legalisation referenda. After widespread media coverage Read more

Fund will allow Hato Paora to improve living environment Comments 0

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Hato Pāori College timuaki, principal, Nathan Matthews said he was pleased with the announcement of a new $20 million fund for Māori boarding schools. “The ability to upgrade our facilities is timely. Our preference would be to put it into pastoral care, because [students] spend 17 hours in the living environment and only seven hours Read more