New Zealand

Budget recognising some Kiwis are missing out Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Two billion dollars will go back into the pockets of New Zealand families, with the Government unveiling a combination of tax cuts, a boost to the accommodation supplement and Working for Families. Salvation Army says the budget is a step in the right direction to correct the growing imbalance in New Zealand society between the Read more

Marriage celebrants including priests must pay to be registered Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
marriage celebrants

All marriage celebrants, including priests and ministers of religion, will now have to pay $220.00 to be registered as a marriage celebrant. They will also have to pay an annual fee of $60.00 to renew their registration. Up until now the cost of registering is covered by couples when they pay their marriage-licence fee. But the Registrar-General Read more

Who said Francis did not smile when he met Trump? Comments 1

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Proir to the meeting between Pope Francis and President Trump Bishop Steve Lowe of the Hamilton Diocese, said he was optimistic about the meeting even if they did not agree on the common issue. It seems Lowe’s optimism was not misplaced. According to a statement released by the Vatican Press Office, the discussions, which lasted about Read more

Kiwi women targeted by religious cult based in South Korea Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

South Korean cult, Jesus Morning Star, is trying to recruit young women in universities, shopping centres and churches in New Zealand. Rev Dr Carolyn Kelly, chaplain at the University of Auckland, said JMS had been active for “quite some time” at the university and there were grave concerns for safety of female students. Often they Read more

Amnesty says NZ should resettle Manus detainees Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

New Zealand should make an offer to Papua New Guinea to resettle some of the asylum seekers Australia has detained on Manus Island, according to Amnesty International. A group of detainees has asked the New Zealand prime minister Bill English for asylum as they say PNG is incapable of resettling them when the detention centre Read more

After 100 years World War 1 chaplain’s chalice going back to Belgium Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

The chalice of First World War chaplain Father James Joseph McMenamin was handed over to New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) chaplains during a Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Petone on Sunday. The NZDF will take to the chalice to Belgium where it will be used in services in Nieppe and Mesen/Messines as part of the Read more

Christchurch cathedral decision in September – Regeneration Minister “deeply disappointed” Comments 1

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Christchurch cathedral

On Sunday Bishop Victoria Matthews announced in a letter that members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch’s synod would make the decision about the future of the Christchurch cathedral at its meeting in early September. A government-appointed working party has been trying to decided the fate of the building and its report, which is due Read more

Church leaders discuss concerns with the Prime Minister Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
church leaders

Cardinal John Dew was one of a group of church leaders who met with the Prime Minister and Government ministers to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment. Their views are influenced by the experience of their church congregations and church based social agencies in most New Zealand communities. Read more

St Peter’s student gives kind messages to strangers on train Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

A St Peter’s College, Auckland, student has been handing out positive messages to commuters because he wants to change the culture of isolation on Auckland’s trains and get people talking to each other. Tainui Singh-Clark, 16, has been giving the handwritten messages to strangers since earlier this year, leaving smiles in his wake. Read more

Fr Des Levins R.I.P. Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Fr Des Levins had died peacefully at Nazareth Rest Home on 25 March. The people of Whanganui, where he worked for 25 years, remember him with affection Read more