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Youth suicide prevention – promote early resilience Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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Resilience programmes should be introduced into primary schools for children as young as six and seven, as part of plans to reduce New Zealand’s high youth suicide rates. There was “clear evidence” that behaviour programmes focused on primary school children, contributed to reducing “later adolescent suicidality as wall as other unwanted behaviours”. This recommendation is contained Read more

Early missionary commemorated on first war memorial Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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Marist brother, (Antoine) Br Euloge Chabany, is the only European commemorated along side 15 kūpapa (Māori fighting on the government side) on New Zealand’s first war memorial. They died during a skirmish that took place on Moutua Island in the Whanganui river. The Society of Mary’s archivist, Elizabeth Charlton visited the memorial this month and Read more

Prominent Catholic businessman Wenceslaus Anthony dies Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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Catholic businessman Wenceslaus Anthony, has died following a brief illness in India on July 23. He had recently received the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclessia Et Pontifice for distinguished service to the Church. Anthony was Chairman of the Divine Retreat Centre of New Zealand. He worked very closely with the late Mother Teresa and was the Read more

Korean Christians want classes in schools to continue Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The Auckland Korean Churches Association has issued a public statement Christian eduction is schools. In May, the Secular Education Network filed a case with the Human Rights Review Tribunal claiming that preferential treatment of Christianity in schools was prohibited under the Bill of Rights. Continue reading

No plans to make churches pay tax on business activities – Collins Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Revenue Minister Judith Collins says she has no plans to crack down on charities running businesses and avoiding tax. Companies like Sanitarium are often accused of not paying their fair share of tax because they’re owned by charitable organisations or churches, which are meant to use the profits for charitable purposes. Continue reading

New Zealand politics isn’t as anti Catholic as Britain’s Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Ever wondered why Britain has never had a Catholic prime minister? There’s no constitutional barrier preventing it. So why hasn’t it happened? The most likely answer is that there remains a residual suspicion of Catholics that dates back to the bloody power struggles between Catholic and Protestant contenders for the throne several centuries ago.  Continue Read more

10 questions for David Seymour Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017
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An extreme version of a very bad idea is how Matthew Jansen describes David Seymour’s “End of Life Choice Bill”. Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance made the comment in a media release, 12 July, launching the “Ten questions for David Seymour” campaign. The campaign, designed to prompt New Zealand Members of Parliament to give Read more

Episcopalian bishop raises Maori flag in USA Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017
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A  flag carried by 1998  Hikoi of Hope marchers now hangs in the office of the Episcopalian bishop of the diocese of North Dakota in the USA. Bishop Michael Smith holds it up as a symbol of progress made by Maori and as an emblem of the partnerships formed between Anglicans in Aotearoa and Episcopalians in Read more

Giving money to beggars makes the problem worse Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017
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Stephanie McIntyre has a radical solution for solving the growing number of people begging on the street: Don’t give them a cent. McIntyre is the director of Downtown Community Ministry (DCM) in Wellington. DCM’s main focus is on ending homelessness and supporting people to get access to income, but she says putting money in the hat Read more

The Rich List is ‘unhealthy, disturbing’ Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017

University of Auckland senior lecturer in sociology Ronald Kramer says the list was unhealthy. He said it encouraged people to value wealthy people and wealth – at the expense of social considerations. “It’s ideological. It comes out in publications owned by wealthy people produced for mass consumption but targeted at other relatively wealthy consumers.” Continue Read more