New Zealand

Season’s over, so back to school for Liberato Cacace Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Council of Cardinals

Now that the A-League Phoenix season has come to an end, it is time for Liberato Cacace to go back to school. With the start of the new term next week, the year-13 pupil will be back at St Patrick’s College in Wellington. At the back end of the season, following a series of consistent performances for Read more

New Zealand tops Commonwealth religious freedom list Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
religious freedom

New Zealand has been named in new research as the Commonwealth member country where people enjoy the greatest religious freedom. The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) statistics were unveiled ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which took place on April 19 and 20 in the United Kingdom. The figures show that the 53-state Read more

UN ‘shocked’ by NZ’s record on housing, child poverty, incarceration Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

New Zealand’s child poverty, inadequate housing, incarceration and violence has “shocked” a United Nations committee reviewing the country’s human rights record. Members of a committee overseeing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) were last month incredulous at some of New Zealand’s worst statistics, chief human rights commissioner David Rutherford said. Continue Read more

War show lights up historic St David’s church on ANZAC Day Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

A spectacular light and sound show was projected on to the side of the historic St David’s church, Auckland, on Anzac Day today. The technicolour performance marked the last year of World War I and events in New Zealand to remember our nation’s involvement. Continue reading

Asbestos at Christ Church Cathedral complicates cleanup Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Asbestos has been discovered in the land fenced off around Christ Church Cathedral, complicating a clean up of the area ahead of Anzac Day. Despite the contamination members of Christchurch’s Returned and Services Association were able to lay wreaths at the citizens’ war memorial on Wednesday. Continue reading

Restore Catholic Christchurch Basilica says USA writer Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Christchurch basilica

A writer living in the United States has made a plea for the Catholic Christchurch Basilica to be restored. Writing in First Things, Stephen Schmalhofer opines: “Let us hope that Macauley’s unknown traveler will arrive with plenty of practice sketching the restored cathedral domes in Christchurch. “To honor the blood and sweat of the missionary New Zealand Church and Read more

Michael Dooley to be ordained Bishop of Dunedin on Thursday Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Later this week Michael Dooley will become the 7th bishop of Dunedin. His ordination will take place in the Dunedin town hall on Thursday. Over 1000 people are expected to attend including clergy, the Vatican’s diplomatic representative, the apostolic nuncio Archbishop Martin Krebs, civic leaders and other Church leaders. The ordination will be followed on Friday morning Read more

Satyanand suggests churches launch own historical abuse inquiry Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
historical abuse

The head of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care has suggested churches could launch their own internal investigation. In an interview with Mike  Wesley-Smith on The Nation, Sir Anand Satyanand said he discussed the matter with the country’s senior Anglican and Catholic bishops meeting together recently in Wellington. “I raised Read more

Checkout operator pays for customer’s groceries Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Manuella Andersen was waiting in line at the Huntly Countdown when she noticed the woman in front of her was tentatively putting items through the checkout. “She was picking her groceries out of her trolley one by one at the same time as having them scanned to see what the total was and if she could afford Read more

Salvation Army: highest level of need since the recession in 2011. Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Poverty in the land of milk and honey is reaching critical levels as 336 new desperate families ask the Salvation Army for help each week. That is the highest level of need the Salvation Army has recorded since the recession in 2011. Continue reading