New Zealand

Drive-by shooting shakes Monte Cecilia transitional housing residents

Monday, June 10th, 2024
Monte Cecelia

The Auckland Diocese’s Monte Cecilia Housing Trust residents and staff were left feeling shaken after a gunshot was fired at their transitional housing complex on Wednesday night. Police are still looking for those responsible. Just before 10.30pm, a gunshot rang out on Ahuwhenua Crescent in Onehunga. The bullet left a fist-sized hole in someone’s garage Read more

A humming and active Cathedral – seven days a week

Monday, June 10th, 2024
Cathedral door opening

A packed Sacred Heart Cathedral in Wellington reopened on Friday with Archbishop Paul Martin leading a Mass of Thanksgiving. The Cathedral had been closed for six years for earthquake strengthening and extensive renovations and was a significant moment for the local church community. The Mass also marked three days of celebrations. Hope for the future Read more

Tama Toki is turning homes into power plants to tackle energy poverty

Monday, June 10th, 2024

Tama Toki is on a mission to transform energy production across Aotearoa New Zealand. Drawing from his upbringing on his whānau’s papakāinga on Aotea Great Barrier Island, Toki is determined to tackle the pressing issue of energy poverty in rural communities. Growing up on the island beside his kuia and kaumātua, Toki witnessed first hand Read more

Church parish ‘devastated’ after theft of sacred objects

Monday, June 10th, 2024

A “devastated” Riccarton church community is appealing to the public for help after sacred objects worth more than $20,000 were stolen. The incident occurred about 11.30pm on Sunday, June 2, at St Teresa’s Church in Riccarton. Police said the intruders entered the sacristy and presbytery and stole tabernacles and chalices, along with a small amount Read more

Cardinal John Dew can resume public Church activities

Thursday, June 6th, 2024
Cardinal John Dew

A Vatican review has cleared Cardinal John Dew of an abuse accusation. He is now free to resume public Church activities. After reviewing the complaint dated back to the 1970s, the Vatican decided no further Church inquiry was required. The Vatican’s finding is similar to that of the New Zealand Police, which concluded earlier this Read more

Migrants and their pastoral care is key, say bishops

Thursday, June 6th, 2024

Migrants and their pastoral care throughout the Pacific and Oceania was a central discussion point last week. In Wellington that is, during the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conference of Oceania (FCBCO) meeting. Catholic Archbishop of Wellington Paul Martin and the Wellington Archdiocese hosted the three-day meeting. In recent decades migration has become the key to Read more

First Church farewell for Enere

Thursday, June 6th, 2024

King’s High School pupils lead a haka in memory of Enere McLaren-Taana at a funeral held at First Church yesterday. The 16-year-old Trinity Catholic College and former King’s High School pupil died after being stabbed at Dunedin’s bus hub last month. About 80 vehicles lined the grass outside First Church as mourners left the service Read more

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care delivers recommendations

Thursday, June 6th, 2024

As a requirement of the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care’s terms of reference, Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden has received the Royal Commission’s recommendations ahead of the final report due to Parliament by 26 June, 2024. “The recommendations have now been provided to Erica Stanford as the Minister responsible for coordinating the Crown Read more

Community Law organisation defends former Anglican priest from critics

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024
Charitable organisation

Some 29 Community Law Canterbury (CLC) staff say they are concerned about the appointment of new chief executive Lawrence Kimberley, a former Anglican priest. CLC  provided legal services to many survivors who gave witness statements to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into abuse in faith-based institutions. It also acted for clients in claims against faith-based Read more

NZ’s latest synod document on its way to Rome

Thursday, May 30th, 2024

New Zealand’s latest synod consultation document is on its way to Rome. It – and other documents from all over the globe – will contribute to the global Synod on Synodality meeting in October. The Synod has been underway since 2021 and concludes in Rome after the October meeting finishes. Pope Francis established the Synod Read more