New Zealand

Parish and schools outreach to COVID affected India

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Standing together in solidarity with those in India affected by Covid is what an Auckland parish and school is doing with a COVID fundraiser. Otahuhu Catholic Parish and School communities is sending help to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in India, says Lyndsay Freer, Media and Communications Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Read more

Taranaki food charity introduces lottery system

Thursday, June 17th, 2021
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A charity that redistributes surplus food to those in need says demand is so great it has had to introduce a lottery system to cut waiting times and reduce simmering tensions in the queue. Started in 2017, New Plymouth-based food charity On The House rescues unwanted edibles and gives them away. The offerings come from Read more

Taranaki students left shaken after school bus collides with van

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

A Taranaki high school principal says a number of his students are being monitored after suffering minor injuries when their school bus collided with a van on State Highway 3 near Ngaere this morning. The 22-year-old driver of the van was seriously injured. He is being assessed at the Emergency Department at the Taranaki Base Read more

Anglican diocese confused after threats to sue made then withdrawn

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Wellington’s Anglican diocese has been left “in the dark” after a developer announced his intention to sue – but didn’t follow through. David Hitchins threatened to sue the Anglican diocese in March after claiming bad faith in the purchase of a Brooklyn church, but spokesman Ben Pringle said the Anglican diocese never received notice of Read more

Three former Christchurch bishops moved to temporary mausoleum

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Three of Christchurch’s former bishops have been disinterred and temporarily moved to a mausoleum at the Carmelite monastery, Halswell, in Christchurch. The move signalled earlier on, is part of the demolition of the old cathedral. Bishops John Grimes, Edward Joyce and John Cunneen were moved to the mausoleum over a period of three days during Read more

Catholic college wins national robotics champs – again

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Students from St Peter’s College in Palmerston North have again proved they are the stuff national robotics champs are made of. The Catholic school’s Evaristus team won the excellence award and the tournament championship at the national robotics championships in Christchurch. The four-member team has now been were invited to the world championships. The school Read more

Grand designs including Catholic buildings in Palmy Lego show

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Among the grand designs on show in Palmerston North this week are two iconic Catholic buildings – made of Lego. The Wellington Lego User Group brought 120 exhibitors together from Auckland to Invercargill to showcase their plastic artistry at Palmerston North’s Central Energy Trust Arena from Friday to Sunday. An impressive replica of the Convent Read more

Auckland childbirth tragedy: Mum, baby die – grieving husband begs for investigation

Monday, June 14th, 2021

A father who lost his wife during childbirth and their newborn daughter four days later is pleading for an investigation into their sudden deaths. Speaking exclusively to the Weekend Herald, Charitha Meepegama said his wife Nilakshani (Nishi) Silva underwent an emergency C-section in an ambulance last Saturday morning and died a short time later. The Read more

Cardinal Dew leads the way: Get vaccinated

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Cardinal John Dew was among a dozen senior Catholics from around the Wellington region who had their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday. New Zealand’s Catholic Church leaders are campaigning for people to line up for the Covid-19 vaccine programme. The leaders are particularly focusing on ethnic and religious communities fearful of getting Read more

Coroner releases report into young priest’s death

Thursday, June 10th, 2021
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A coroner’s report attributes above legal-limit drinking and a poorly fitting helmet as being the likely causes of a young priest’s death in 2018. Father Graeme Blackburn – a much-loved Christchurch priest – died after a crash on a Banks Peninsula road. His motorbike had collided head-on with an oncoming four-wheel-drive and his helmet came off. Read more