New Zealand

Prayer does work from 150m away but must be seen

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Controversy continued Wednesday, at the Health Committee’s hearing into The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill. Prayer, intimidation and breaching the Bill of Rights were all topics considered by the Committee. Addressing the issue of intimidation, Pro-life organisation, Right to Life provided evidence to the Committee that there had been no complaints of Read more

Young people’s social enterprise helping unemployed youth

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Jobless young people are being given a chance to work in retail through a Hawke’s Bay social enterprise. Jody Hamilton (pictured, left) who founded LIFT Youth Employment says the new initiative aims to connect with and help young people who want to work in retail or have entrepreneurial goals. LIFT’s vision is for 100 percent Read more

Wellington’s new buses being made by forced Uyghur labour

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is investigating whether the 98 electric buses it is on the verge of leasing were made by forced Uyghur labour in China. The potential links highlight the challenges in buying goods made in China, where the supply chains are often opaque, and come amid a broader effort to ensure New Read more

Parent lost for words after Aotea class asked to play ‘racist’ game

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Porirua parent is “lost for words” after her 14-year-old was asked to participate in a colonial-style game which separated children into slaves, chiefs and aliens. Earlier today she said a Year 10 Aotea College class were instructed to do the activity, which involved selling slaves, land and commoners – for “10 pearls”. Documents show the Read more

Last issue of iconic NZ Tablet published

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Nearly 150 years after its first issue, the NZ Tablet has published its last one. Bishop Patrick Moran founded the magazine in Dunedin in 1873 with the immigrant Irish Catholic population in mind. Moran was noted as a strong-minded and literate speaker and the paper gave him the opportunity to voice his views on religion, Read more

Anglicans face changing approval terms for restoring Christ Church Cathedral

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

The Anglican church in New Zealand may have to change its approval terms for restoring Christ Church Cathedral. Doing so would avoid restoration work stopping in October if more funds cannot be found before then. This is because when the Anglican Synod approved the cathedral’s restoration in 2017, its terms stipulated that each stage could Read more

$100 million Christchurch Catholic Cathedral complex

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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The new Christchurch Catholic Cathedral complex is estimated to cost $100 million. The announcement was made Monday by the Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington and Apostolic Administrator of the Christchurch diocese, Paul Martin. The diocese hopes the whole complex will be completed within five years. To fund the project Martin says the diocese is considering selling Read more

Tonnes of pigeon poo from quake-hit church going to landfill

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

A thick layer of pigeon poo droppings that have built up over the last decade from pigeons living in the broken Christ Church Cathedral will end up in landfill instead of being recycled into fertiliser. Up to two tonnes of pigeon poo has accumulated since the devastating February 2011 earthquake. Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement project Read more

Emergency accommodation support services lack a ‘moral failure’ by government

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

A social housing provider is demanding the government provide full wrap-around support to everyone living in emergency accommodation. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today indicated on Morning Report a commitment to ramping up support for those living in motels. Demand for emergency accommodation has exploded in recent years with the government now spending nearly a million Read more

Controversy over abortion clinic safe zones heats up

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Creating safe zones around abortion clinics is unnecessary according to pro-life groups. The Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill, in the name of Labour MP, Louisa Wall, (pictured) will make it illegal for pro-life protesters to wait outside clinics. The Bill will create a 150-metre perimeter outside healthcare services. Within this area, no Read more