New Zealand

New translation of Te Paipera Tapu in the pipeline Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Te Paipera Tapu

The first edition of Te Paipera Tapu, published in 1868, has just been digitised. This digitised version will be one of the many tools used to help produce a brand new translation, in more contemporary language for today’s Te Reo Māori speakers. “Translation of any significance takes time, and anecdotal evidence suggests that contemporary Māori usage Read more

The Church may consider publishing names of abusers Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
publishing names

The Catholic bishop of Christchurch, Paul Martin, has released a file on child abuser Cornelius O’Brien to one of his victims, a Christchurch man in his 50s. Martin was asked by RNZ’s Phil Pennington if he thought the church should start publishing the names of clergy whom it had found guilty of abusing children even Read more

Neo-liberalism toxic, and a tragedy for women – Dame Anne Salmond Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
neo-liberalism

If women have to act like men in order to be leaders, that’s the “ultimate defeat”, according to Dame Anne Salmond. The writer and anthropologist was the keynote speaker at the Women of Influence Forum 2018 held in Auckland on Tuesday. She said working environments based on short-term contracts, often poorly paid, where the risks and costs Read more

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand supporting Philippines in Typhoon Aftermath Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is accepting donations towards a Rapid Response Appeal to support Caritas Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut (local name: Ompong). The typhoon swept through the Philippines this weekend with over 4.3 million people in its path. NASSA/Caritas Philippines is responding and is carrying out assessments of the impact. Heavy landslides, Read more

Whistleblower exposed exploitation of migrant workers Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

A whistleblower alerted Immigration New Zealand to the exploitation of 12 Indian workers in the South Island. A 30-year-old employer was found to have forced staff across his South Island operation to work more than their visas allowed, refused to provide time off and paid them less than minimum wage. Continue reading

His Eminence Metropolitan Myron arrives in New Zealand Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

His Eminence Metropolitan Myron has arrived in New Zealand for his enthronement. He was elected Metropolitan of New Zealand by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the end of May, following the retirement of Metropolitan Amphilochios Tsoukos. Continue reading

Christchurch bishop to release files on convicted priest Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
publishing names

RNZ has asked the Christchurch bishop, Paul Martin, to release files the church has on Father Cornelius O’Brien. Martin said he would, but first had to sort out privacy issues and, until then, turned down requests for an interview. O’Brien arrived in New Zealand from Ireland in 1963 and served at least seven parishes in Read more

Postgrad qualifications for faith-based leaders Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
faith-based

Starting in 2019, leaders in faith-based organisations will be able to gain postgraduate qualifications at Otago University. The Department of Theology and Religion is offering two qualifications a Postgraduate Diploma in Faith-Based Leadership and Management and a Master of Faith-Based Leadership and Management Describing the qualifications as “much-needed” the Salvation Army Principal Adviser, Dr Greg Coyle Read more

New ministry models challenge NZ priests Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
ministry

Parishes around the world are emptying, ageing, sleeping and dying. According to Fr James Mallon, it does not have to be this way. Mallon, a Canadian priest, last week spoke to New Zealand’s diocesan priests in Christchurch to explore what he calls “Divine Renovation.” The present century demands new models of ministry and new ways Read more

Fr Harry Costello celebrates 60 years of priesthood Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Father Harry Costello was ordained 60 years ago, at the age of 25. Costello and three others will have their decades of service celebrated in a Jubilarians’ Mass at St Mary’s Church in Whanganui on September 18. Continue reading