New Zealand

Cult infiltrating New Zealand churches and educational institutions Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Rose Labone’s article in the June edition of North and South investigated the activities in New Zealand of a cult known as Providence. She says it has infiltrated university campuses, schools and mainstream churches in New Zealand under the guise of being a Christian movement. It also uses the names Nikau Church, Christian Gospel Mission and Jesus Morning Star. Providence was Read more

Cardinal Dew: Leadership in times of change Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, was the keynote speaker at the Proclaim 2018 conference in Brisbane. He spoke on the topic of Leadership in a Time of Change. The cardinal said New Zealand Catholics looking for answers to “renewal” took heart from Pope Francis. “The Pope is encouraging us to go out of our buildings Read more

Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral closed for an indefinite period Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018
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Sacred Heart Cathedral in Thorndon, Wellington, closed its doors on Friday. An assessment has found the building’s structural integrity to be just 15 per cent of the standard for a new building. This means there would be a significant risk to occupants if there was an earthquake. While Sacred Heart Cathedral is closed, weekday masses Read more

Saying ‘I do’ with a ‘noodle of love’: Pastafarians tie the knot in Wellington Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

A gay toy sheep wearing a colander was perched on the celebrant’s head, and the guests were dressed as pirates. When Pastafarians marry as they did at Worser Bay in Wellington on Sunday – sealing the deal with the “noodle of love” – things are a little different. Continue reading

MPs weigh in on New Zealand abortion laws Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Waiariki MP Tamati Coffey supports a review of New Zealand’s abortion laws while National MP Todd McClay said he would seek views from the Rotorua electorate before casting his vote. Continue reading.

Basketball drops church-goer Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

An under-17s basketball team has dropped one of his members because he put Sunday morning church ahead of his sport, his family says. Mosiah MacDonald had expected to be at the national basketball championships in Wellington this week. Instead his Manawatu basketball teammates are playing without him. The 15-year-old says his team dropped him because Read more

Musician Fr Chris Skinner tours Dunedin diocese Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
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At the beginning of July, well-known musician Fr Chris Skinner completed a tour of the Dunedin diocese using his music to teach people about the liturgy. The tour began on Monday 2 July in Queenstown. Children from St Joseph’s School Queenstown sang, listened and learned the actions for Chris’ music. His sense of fun and real Read more

MPs condemn support for Hezbollah Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Two opposition MPs have visited an Auckland mosque to protest against the mosque’s public support of Hezbollah. Members of the Islamic Ahlulbayt Foundation’s Pakuranga mosque demonstrated in Aotea Square in support of the Lebanon group. Chris Finlayson and Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown told mosque members of their concern at the support. Mr Finlayson says Hezbollah Read more

Trust in churches continues to decline Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

A  recent survey suggests that, in the last 2 years, New Zealanders’ trust in churches has continued to decline. The same survey shows that the perceived change in personal trust in churches in the same period to be greater than the participants’ answers actually indicate. The results indicate a score of 7 for reduced net trust. The Read more

Religious worker visas are being used to exploit migrant workers Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018
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Newsroom reports that last year three priests laid a complaint with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) about the way a North Island organisation is using the Religious Worker Category (RWC) visa. The priests allege some religious organisations are using RWC visas to bring migrants to New Zealand for ulterior motives. The allegations are contained in Read more