New Zealand

Management of marine and coastal claims in breach of Treaty Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The Waitangi Tribunal has found the way the Crown is managing claims under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act is in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi and prejudicially affects Māori. The legislation replaced the controversial Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2011. It allows Māori to gain legal recognition of their customary rights Read more

NZ Catholic editor wins international award Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The editor NZ Catholic, Michael Otto, has won a second-place award from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada (CPA). The 2020 awards were announced during the 2020 Virtual Catholic Media Conference on July 2. Otto’s award was in the category, Best News Writing on National or International Event – International Event, Read more

When pornography comes knocking at the door Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

New Zealand recently launched a government safety campaign that provides content to help parents to protect children from pornography on the Internet. It gained positive attention this month through a video ad about Internet pornography, using their motif of every parent’s worst Internet nightmare knocking on their front door. “What is interesting about the New Read more

Principal joins coalition against legalising cannabis Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

A Catholic secondary school principal is among community leaders who have signed up to a new alliance of people who will work to oppose any attempt to legalise cannabis in New Zealand. Patrick Walsh, principal of John Paul College in Rotorua, is among those in Smart Approaches to Marijuana NZ (SAM-NZ), the formation of which Read more

Māori women imprisoned without conviction nearly doubled after law change Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Almost half of the women imprisoned in New Zealand have not been convicted of the crime that is keeping them behind bars. A sweeping 2013 law change designed to create greater bail hurdles for violent offenders has had an outsize effect on women, and Māori women in particular. Continue reading

No evidence Suzanne Aubert used cannabis Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
cannabis grower

Mother Suzanne Aubert somewhat surprisingly featured in Wednesday’s Jesse Mulligan interview with James Borrowdale about his new book, Weed: A New Zealand Story; a book about cannabis. The book once again raises the conjecture that Aubert was New Zealand’s first commercial cannabis grower. Mulligan asked the author to expand a bit on what he had Read more

SERF helping from Hari Hari to Haast and beyond Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Evangelization has many faces say, Father Mike Mahoney, the parish priest of South Westland. Franz Josef is part of the parish, and there are over 200 people there who have lost their jobs because there are no longer any foreign tourists. Many of these migrant workers cannot go home because there are no flights. In Read more

Māori astronomer wins top science award Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

A Tūhoe astronomer is the first Māori to win one of the country’s top science awards for his efforts to revitalise traditional Māori knowledge of the stars. Professor Rangi Matamua was awarded the top communication prize at the Prime Minister’s Science Awards on Tuesday. Read more

Support for Christchurch Muslims falling Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Following the massacre on 15 March 2019, case managers were assigned to the bereaved and injured to help them navigate their way around government agencies including the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Immigration New Zealand (INZ). Muslim Association of Canterbury general secretary Feroze Ditta, who still carried fragments of the Read more

Christ Church Cathedral: First a two-year stabilisation programme Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

It will take a year to complete the stabilisation of the Christ Church Cathedral in Christchurch to a point where people could safely enter the earthquake-damaged building. Large steel frames will be installed on the west wall, the transepts, the back of the cathedral and the southern side of the building near where the tower Read more