New Zealand

$850,000 donated to Foodbank Project Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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Over $850,000 had been donated to The Foodbank Project, a charitable campaign set up to replenish Foodbanks around New Zealand. On last Friday alone, a record $58,000 was received. The Foodbank Project was launched in Nelson in 2016 as a joint effort between the Salvation Army, Countdown and Nelson-based internet company Lucid and allows shoppers Read more

Church radio station for locals unable to use internet Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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Listen Up is a new radio service which is being co-ordinated by an associate priest at St Mary’s Anglican church in Levin. David Atkinson is using the Church’s equipment and content comes from the community. Many people can stay connected well with phone calls, Facebook and Zoom calls, but it is important to not forget Read more

Easter services may be screened on television in NZ Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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Negotiations are underway to have Easter services screened on television. “Our celebrations during the Easter period, which for us begins with a Mass on Holy Thursday evening, April 9,  a special service on Good Friday afternoon and a Mass on Easter Sunday morning,” said Lyndsay Freer spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. “Because our Read more

Coronavirus: Women’s refuge houses under lockdown Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

An increase in family violence has Women’s Refuge calling for help to contain abusers if numbers exceed what police can manage. The refuge’s six safe houses were all in lockdown so they could not take in any new women or children and Albert said it was hard to find other accommodation. Waikato Women’s Refuge -Te Whakaruruhau chief executive officer Ruahine Read more

Concerns raised about Gloriavale complying with lockdown Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Concerns have been mounting that members of the Gloriavale Christian community are not adhering to the nationwide lockdown. Those close to the exclusive, controlling Christian community 67km east of Greymouth told the Gloriavale Leavers’ Support Trust the rules were being ignored. Police said they were working with the Gloriavale community to make sure its members Read more

What a difference the internet makes Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020
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If it wasn’t for their internet where would we be during the big lockdown? Many Catholic churches big and small around New Zealand are streaming daily Mass online. Many faith groups are having zoom and skype meetings. And many virtual communities are forming to meet and pray online. On its website, The Diocese of Auckland Read more

We do not have to leave the house to find God Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020
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At the heart of our faith is the fact that in Jesus, God comes to us. We do not have to leave home to find God. “In these days, in Jesus, God is coming to us, seeking to encounter us in the confines of our own homes,” said the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand in Read more

Compassion Soup Kitchen now running 7 days a week Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020
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Wellington’s Compassion Soup Kitchen is responding to the increasing need, and is running seven days a week, rather than its normal six. It is considered an “essential service”. “We will provide kai for as long as we possibly can,” the Compassion Soup Kitchen management say in a statement. The Compassion Soup Kitchen has moved to Read more

Bullying causes man with the coronavirus to breakdown Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

A Wairarapa man who doesn’t know how he caught coronavirus says he has been bullied by his community. The man, who lives in the Wairarapa, said while most of the community had been supportive, he has also been the target of harassment. Read more

Marist Rugby Club’s 100 year birthday bash cancelled Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

The Marist Rugby Club will now celebrate 101 years instead of its planned 100 year birthday bash. Those attached to the well supported Invercargill-based club had poured many hours into organising a centenary weekend to celebrate 100 years of the club at Queens Birthday weekend this year. Read more