New Zealand

Church closed. Martinborough Catholics celebrated Christmas outdoors Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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In October last year, two Wairarapa Catholic churches were abruptly closed for some time after being deemed earthquake-prone. One of the churches is Martinborough’s St Anthony of Padua. The decision left the local Catholic community to sort out its immediate future including the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass and Carols celebration.  The Martinborough Catholic community considered a Read more

New leadership at Bible Society Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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Bible Society New Zealand has appointed a new CEO, Neels Janse van Rensburg, who will commence his tenure on 1 April 2019. Neels takes over from Francis Burdett, who is retiring after nine years as Bible Society CEO. The current General Manager of Manna Christian Stores, Neels has more than 18 year’s experience in fostering Read more

Progress stalled in reducing inequality Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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The Salvation Army has criticised the ‘wellbeing-focused Government’ for not doing enough to lift the most vulnerable New Zealanders out of poverty. This year’s report, Are you well? Are we safe? takes a wellbeing approach to social progress as a nation. The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas. “We cannot blame Government Read more

Ethnic makeup in Catholic schools changing Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Last year was the first year that non-European/Pākehā students made up more than half the number of students in Catholic schools in New Zealand.  Using Ministry of Education school roll data as of July, the New Zealand Catholic Education Office reported that students of European/Pākehā ethnicity made up 49.9 per cent of those attending Catholic schools in 2018. The next largest group was Pasifika Read more

Mike King named as 2019 New Zealander of the Year Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

New Zealand comedian, television personality and mental health advocate Mike King has been named as the Kiwibank 2019 New Zealander of the Year. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern awarded him the honour at the 10th annual edition of the awards. Read more

Our Stories on a Plate brings women of all cultural backgrounds together. Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Sikka is a teacher at Henderson Primary School but spreads herself across the community as a volunteer, mentoring high school girls and teaching yoga classes to refugee women on Fridays. In between, she’s organising workshops to empower refugee and migrant women as the founder of Our Stories on Plate, an initiative to address the realities of Read more

New Bishop committed to restoration of Cathedral Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019
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Reverend Doctor Peter Carrell was ordained the 9th Anglican bishop of Canterbury last Saturday. The service took place at Christchurch Boys’ High School Auditorium. It was led by Archbishops Philip Richardson and Don Tamihere. About 1000 people attended including Anglicans from the diocese and the province, members of the Māori Anglican Church, Tikanga Māori, the Read more

New Zealand to be represented at Vatican safeguarding conference Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019
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A representative from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops will attend the summit on safeguarding in the Vatican later this month. Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington and vice-president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC), will attend the meeting which will take place 21 – 24 February 2019. Because of recent eye surgery, Bishop Read more

NZ Bishop: No hierarchy of age – listen to young people and learn Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019
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Bishop Charles Drennan of the Palmerston North Diocese in New Zealand says “We are a communion of people. There is no hierarchy of age in the Church, yet so much of our formal written expression and documentation of who we are is produced by older men (cf. Joel 2:28). “Even the recent final document of Read more

Timaru a supportive place for refugees, church leader says Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019

The leader of a church which helped a family settle in Timaru after they fled their war-torn home is not surprised the town has been chosen as a new refugee settlement location. Continue reading