New Zealand

Financial support promised for Māori boarding schools Comments 0

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
māori boarding schools

Labour says it will recognise the important role Māori boarding schools play in growing future Māori leaders by committing $20 million to a fund designed to provide them with financial support to continue to house, educate and manaaki rangatahi in their care. Only four of an original nine schools remain in Aotearoa; Hukarere College, St Read more

Taxpayers’ Union objects to government grants for churches Comments 0

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
grants

The New Zealand Taxpayer Union objects to grants “from the provincial growth fund” being spent on renovating Pasifika churches.” Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says 27 churches will benefit, as part a 10 million dollar in grants from the Covid-19 response and recovery plan. “This kind of hyper-targeted spending can only be read as Read more

First male principal in 170 years for Wellington school Comments 0

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
new principal

Andrew Murray is the new principal of St Mary’s College in Thorndon, Wellington. He is the first man appointed to the role in the 170-year history of the Catholic girls’ secondary school. Murray, pictured above with his wife Benita and their daughter Charlotte, will start his new role at St Mary’s at the beginning of Read more

Wairarapa church unlikely to be sold Comments 0

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Because of its historical and heritage values, a member of St Joseph’s at Riversdale Beach Charitable Trust is confident that the church will remain a community asset and not sold by the Catholic parish to a private owner. After consultation over the past year, Cardinal John Dew announced in June that of the five Wairarapa Read more

Child poverty facts: PM ‘misleading’ Comments 0

Monday, September 28th, 2020
child poverty

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is refusing to take responsibility for the country’s damning social statistics; in particular child poverty. Amid the growing need for food banks and the accusation that Ardern, has done nothing to address the issue of child poverty, the Prime Minister told One News that she needs more than one term to Read more

David Seymour’s euthanasia attack bigotry at utmost Comments 0

Monday, September 28th, 2020
euthanasia

A televised debate on the euthanasia referendum went septic when ACT leader, David Seymour accused Palliative Care Specialist, Dr Sinead Donnelly of basing her objections on religion, not facts. Donnelly and Seymour appeared on TV3’s Newshub Nation on Saturday morning. Donnelly said the proposed Act is a “dangerous law” that will put the lives of Read more

Māori schools need more – will deliver ultimatum to ministry after delays to rebuild Comments 0

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Te Rūnanga nui o ngā kura kaupapa says institutional racism is the cause of total immersion Māori schools being dropped down the list for repairs and rebuilds and they are fed up and calling on the Education Ministry to act. Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Whānau Tahi, based in Christchurch, has been waiting more Read more

Family First charity decision headed to Supreme Court Comments 0

Monday, September 28th, 2020

The decision that Family First New Zealand is eligible to be registered as a charity is being taken to the Supreme Court. The Attorney-General has asked the court to hear its appeal against a Court of Appeal decision that the “family values” advocacy and education group qualifies for charitable status. Family First was among many Read more

Religion hate speech crackdown promised Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
hate speech

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is promising to crack down on hate speech and restrict free speech if she can govern alone after the election. She promised to include religion under legislation that deals with hate speech and discrimination. “In a modern New Zealand, everyone would agree no one should be discriminated for their religion. “It Read more

Wealth tax and negative interest hit retired and poor Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
retired and poor

Retired and poor New Zealanders are most likely to feel the impact of negative interest rates. Increased inequality and a worsening of the wealth gap are likely outcomes of the Official Cash Rate (OCR) falling below zero, warn ASB economists. The ASB warns that from a longer-term perspective zero interest rates could actually create wider Read more