New Zealand

Otago-led study to look at religion, family size and child health Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019
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The John Templeton Foundation has recently allocated almost $4 million to conduct an Otago University-led study – The Evolutionary Dynamics of Religion, Family Size, and Child Success. The research will be led by Dr John Shaver, University of Otago’s Religion programme head, with Otago Research Fellow Dr Joseph Watts, who will conduct fieldwork in The Read more

New Catholic secondary school likely for South Auckland Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019
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Long-awaited plans for a new Catholic secondary school in South Auckland are finally progressing. These plans were announced in a press statement last year by Catholic Education Office chief executive Paul Ferris. He said the Church had bought 25ha in Burtt Rd, Drury, South Auckland three years ago for a new 1,000-student, $40m co-educational high Read more

Christchurch’s new Catholic Cathedral in heart of the city Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019
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The Catholic bishop of Christchurch, Paul Martin, says the diocese will build a new cathedral in the centre of the city adjacent to Victoria Square. The new cathedral will form part of a $500m “North of the Square” development. The development site is bordered by Armagh Street, Colombo Street, Cambridge Terrace and Manchester Street. It Read more

Find me somebody who has smoked 42 joints a day Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Justice Minister Andrew Little, responsible for the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, said discussion of people consuming 14 grams in a day was “fantastical”. “I know people are saying, ‘Look, 14 grams means 21, or 42, or even more kind of joints a day’. “It’s a bit like saying, ‘somebody who goes off to buy Read more

Pornography a fact of life for many young New Zealanders – Chief censor Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Pornography is clearly a fact of life for many young New Zealanders,” chief censor David Shanks says “While porn is supposed to be restricted to adults, our research shows a significant number of young people watch it too.” Proposals to limit New Zealander’s access to online pornography could be on the table before the 2020 Read more

Nativity: With tea-towels on their heads children become shepherds Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The 5pm Mass on Christmas Eve is the big one for the Holy Name community. Several hundred people will gather in the North Dunedin Catholic church for the festive, family-friendly service. The highlight, as it is each year, will be the narrated nativity play presented by 20 or more of the parish children. Preschoolers to Read more

One thing in New Zealand you can’t get away from – racism Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019
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A cartoon about the Samoa measles epidemic has led some to ask if much has changed in New Zealand. New Zealand does not have a great track record in its relationship with Samoa: The influenza epidemic killed over 22% of Samoa’s population in 1918, a disease that was introduced to Samoa by sick passengers on board a ship from Read more

Church may become a cannabis café Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

If the cannabis legislation outlined in parliament this week is approved in next year’s referendum, a heritage church in Christchurch will become a cannabis café. The proposed legislation would legalise the sale and consumption of cannabis at licensed premises. Cookie Time founder Michael Mayell has partnered with Abe Gray, the founder of New Zealand’s first Read more

Integrated schools look at legal action over Government maintenance funding Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019
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Integrated schools are considering legal action against the Government after being left out of the $396 million funding package announced at the weekend to upgrade state school properties. Education Minister Chris Hipkins says state-integrated schools funding will go up as a result of an investment and he isn’t worried about potential court action. Association of Read more

Dilmah tea founder honoured for fair trade practice and charity work Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Supporting the underprivileged and operating ethically have been at the centre of Dilmah founder Merrill Fernando’s philosophy over his long career. Fernando, the man well known for his “Do try it” slogan, founded tea company Dilmah in Sri Lanka in 1988. It is now one of the world’s largest tea brands and is well known Read more