New Zealand

Christmas, bah humbug! Was Scrooge right? Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The hijacking of Christmas by the forces of commercialism could be changing Christmas into humbug – “a fraud or impostor, implying an element of unjustified publicity and spectacle.” A priest in Ireland has come up with a radical solution – “Stop using the word Christmas because it has been hijacked by ‘Santa and reindeer’. “We’ve lost Christmas, Read more

Hāhi Katorika has not kept up with Māori resurgence Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017
Hāhi Katorika

Sister Tui Cadigan says being Catholic and being Māori are two sides of identity but many younger Māori haven’t found ways to reconcile the two. Cadigan is the chair of Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika ki Aotearoa (National Catholic Māori Council of New Zealand). Te Rūnanga is an advisory council to the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Read more

De La Salle brother to be pastoral director at the Holy Cross Seminary Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Brother Mark McKeon FSC has been appointed as the new pastoral director of the Holy Cross Seminary in Ponsonby, Auckland. Recently returned from Palestine, Br Mark has been a De La Salle Brother for 35 years. He has been engaged in teaching ministry in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. NZCBC President, Bishop Patrick Dunn, Read more

St Vincent de Paul helping reduce waste sent to landfill Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A Wellington op shop is taking the classic “reduce, reuse and recycle” message one step further in an effort to bring its textile waste down to zero. Caroline O’Reilly, the new textile recycling coordinator at St Vincent de Paul in Kilbirnie, is helping reduce the amount of waste the store sends to landfill by repurposing Read more

Character building a former convent Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Constructed as a convent in the 1950s and later home to a legal practice – a landmark Papakura building is to go under the hammer as part of Bayleys’ final Total Property auction for 2017. The 296sq m, two-level building, on a large (1012sq m) site at 53 Wood St is for sale with vacant Read more

Principal: Schools being asked to perform role of parents Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A Dunedin school principal is increasingly concerned by the social expectations imposed on schools – and says some parents need to take more responsibility for their children’s actions. During the recent King’s High School senior prizegiving, rector Dan Reddiex praised his present cohort of pupils for their outstanding achievements during the year but went on Read more

Will Ed Sheeran make Dunedin permit Easter trading? Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Easter trading

Pop star Ed Sheeran is going to be performing three concerts in Dunedin next Easter weekend. This has complicated the debate about the Easter trading policy in that city. The debate might have played out on predictable lines – business for and unions against – but the Sheeran factor has complicated the matter. There are fears Read more

Protesters block entrance to Australian High Commission’s gates in NZ Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

About 20 protesters blocked the entrance to the Australian high commission in Wellington on Monday to highlight the plight of refugees and asylum-seekers on Manus Island. “The purpose of the protest was to prevent anyone inside from leaving”, Peace Action Wellington spokeswoman Emma Cullen said. “We’re shutting them down for as long as we can Read more

Students at St Joseph’s in Mt Isa find link to NZ war veteran Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

In Mount Isa, four  Y5 students at St Joseph’s school have prepared a Remembrance Day tribute to a Kiwi First World War veteran. Ryan Philp, Eric Asomah, Dean Brien and Pratik Seegoolan participated in the 2017 Graves Project researching the lives and service histories of veterans buried in Mount Isa.  Continue reading

Gang member ditches Mob for Destiny Church Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

A former Mongrel Mob member has gone viral after posting a video removing his gang patch and replacing it with a Destiny Church Tu Tangata Man Up t-shirt. In a post on Facebook, the former Mob member and a friend are seen talking to the camera telling viewers it is “time to make changes” and Read more