New Zealand

Massive increase in pokie-machine profits recorded Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

There has been a huge $130,661,758 increase in pokie-machine profits this year. Te Tari Taiwhenua – the Department of Internal Affairs – is linking September’s 116 percent increase on the June quarter to the end of Covid-19 restrictions. A Te Tari Taiwhenua spokesperson says the September quarter figures are higher than any of the June Read more

Library interfaith prayer area plans could be redrawn Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
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Changes to the Dunedin City Library’s vision for an interfaith prayer area are being discussed. One of the changes may see the separate Muslim prayer space to be dropped from the plans. The Dunedin City Council has received mixed feedback since it announced its $15,000 project to create an interfaith or interdenominational prayer room and Read more

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis launches $42 million fight against school racism Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Everything from class streaming to racism, “sown throughout” the system, could be kicked out the school gate in a $42 million programme launched by Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis. The Minister launched Te Hurihanganui at Takapūwāhia Marae in Porirua – kicking off an anti-racism initiative for schools and communities, aiming to help Māori students. Davis Read more

‘More than a crisis’ – Emergency housing group calls for urgent action Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Emergency housing group Monte Cecilia Trust’s Bernie Smith says the Government promised “transformational change,” but that hasn’t happened. Instead, the housing crisis has worsened. “At the moment we’re getting 20 to 30 calls per day. A year ago, it was 10 to 15 calls per week,” he told TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning. “A year ago, Read more

Change Kavanagh College’s name Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Regardless of the outcome of any investigation, Kavanagh College’s name should be changed, Dunedin lawyer David More says. Concerns around former Catholic Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop John Kavanagh are the reason for the push to change Dunedin high school’s name. An independent investigation has been started into the way Kavanagh handled sexual abuse complaints during Read more

People pushed into poverty: Government won’t raise benefits Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has rejected a plea from 59 organizations to lift the level of welfare payments before Christmas. Trade unions, charities and poverty action groups were among those asking the government to address mass unemployment and poverty. Working through umbrella group ActionStation Aotearoa [New Zealand], the groups published an open letter, saying the Read more

Waimate parish selling old convent as it downsizes Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Waimate’s former convent building is headed for auction as the St Patrick’s Parish looks to downsize. The parish’s finance committee chairman Peter Hughes said the 55-year-old building on a 1793 square metre section and a neighbouring 2583 sq m section were “surplus to requirements” and would be auctioned on November 26. Read more

Immigration NZ denied woman residency because she gave birth to rapist’s child Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Immigration NZ authorities denied a woman New Zealand residency because she gave birth to her rapist’s child. The case came to light in a recently-published decision from the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, which the woman, identified only as IP, appealed to after her bid was denied. The tribunal heard IP, a 22-year-old citizen of the Read more

Stats NZ records New Zealand’s lowest-ever fertility rate Comments 0

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

The latest quarterly data from Stats NZ reports New Zealand’s lowest-ever fertility rate. It says the ratio of births to the number of women of child-bearing age is now 1.63. This is well below the 2.1 ratio needed for a woman to replace herself, and her partner. Without migration, the New Zealand population will join Read more

Independent investigation into Dunedin Catholic Bishop John Kavanagh Comments 0

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

An independent investigation into the way Dunedin Catholic Bishop John Kavanagh handled sexual abuse complaints has begun. The New Zealand bishops’ conference (NZBC) says these concerns involved a number of victims of abuse in the Dunedin Diocese who had complained that Kavanagh had not properly dealt with their complaints of sexual abuse by priests. The Read more