New Zealand

66,888 students in Catholic schools in New Zealand Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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The number of Catholic school students in New Zealand continues to hold steady. There are about 160 additional students comparing 2017 to 2018. This represents a less than 0.1% decline in the total share of students in New Zealand. This is the first year that non-European/Pākeha students represent over half of students in Catholic schools. Read more

Restoration work begins on Christchurch Anglican cathedral Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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The steel frame in front of the Christchurch Anglican cathedral will come down next month. Some rubble will also be removed. Reinstatement project director Keith Paterson said he was pleased work on the cathedral was getting underway. He said the building and frame – which are not connected – were a dramatic reminder of what Read more

Cardinal Pell found guilty of child sex offences Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty on five counts of historic sex offenses. The jury in a County Court of the State of Victoria, delivered a unanimous verdict on Tuesday. The verdict came after three days of deliberation and sentencing will take place in early February. Until then Pell is released on bail. This Read more

Pushpay app helping churches and communities Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Pushpay is a New Zealand company that started by offering an electronic payment mechanism, allowing people to charge their “giving” to a credit or debit card so they could give money at the touch of a button. Established seven years ago, Pushpay is now one of the world’s fastest-growing SAS (software-as-a-service) companies. It has gone Read more

Children’s Commissioner: porn most concerning issue for young people Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

During his two-year reign as the Children’s Commissioner, Andrew Becroft says pornography has been the most concerning issue among young New Zealanders reported to him. Becroft has welcomed a new report which looks into how and why children in New Zealand view online porn and does so by asking them directly. Continue reading

Migrants: Global problem needs a global solution Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

On December 10-11, the United Nations will convened at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakech, Morocco to sign the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), establishing global agreement on a common approach toward international migration. In 2016, the 193 members of the UN – including New Zealand – agreed unanimously that protecting those Read more

Hundreds “March for Life” in Wellington Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018
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A number of pro-life organisations joined forces in a March for life in Wellington on Saturday. The march comes after a Labour-led Government’s proposal to remove abortion from the Crimes Act, as well as a Law Commission report into the topic earlier this year. It’s the second year the March for Life has been held Read more

Man-Up programme has never been banned from prisons Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has denied Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki’s claims that the Government has stifled his attempts for the church to work in prisons. He echoed comments made earlier by Justice Minister Andrew Little, who said Destiny had never actually made a formal application to partner with the Government to work in prisons. Read more

Making Christmas activities at school “biblical” out of line Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018
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Katherine Hogg has no problem with Christmas activities in general at school, but she says making them biblical is “out of line . . . for a secular school.” Hogg kept her 7-year-old son home from school last week to avoid lessons about the Christian origins of Christmas. She said she was unhappy her son’s Read more

New interfaith booklet promotes peace and understanding Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations (NZCBCIR) has released a revised booklet promoting Interfaith Relations in Aotearoa New Zealand – Te Whakatairanga i te Nohotahitanga o ngā Whakapono i Aotearoa. The booklet provides practical guidance and encouragement for people to welcome and nurture relationships with those of other faiths. Chair of the Read more