New Zealand

Māori and Pacific health endangered by anti-vax church leaders

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

A health leader has blasted anti-vax church leaders for spreading harmful messages. Māori and Pacific health executive director Hector Matthews made his views clear at a hui discussing Māori vaccination efforts. The hui in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) included Māori health agencies, the Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare and other government officials on Tuesday. Matthews said some Read more

Catholic emergency housing provider has a 279-family waitlist

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

A Catholic emergency housing provider says Government decisions are making it harder to find homes for families. The number of homeless waiting for accommodation has ballooned during the COVID-19 lockdown, says Auckland Diocese’s Monte Cecilia Trust. A spokesperson says the shortage is a result of the Government scrapping ‘redirect’ contracts. These contracts saw community housing Read more

Controversial Catholic order denies any wrongdoing over New Zealand trusts

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
Catholic order denies wrongdoing

New Zealand’s only Legionaries of Christ priest, Simon Cleary told CathNews that he is sorry if the media coverage has caused distress in New Zealand. He is very concerned that New Zealand and international reporting around the Pandora Papers has painted a picture that is untrue, and while he is no longer in New Zealand Read more

New Pleasant Point church starts to take shape

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Framing for the new $1million St Mary’s Church in Pleasant Point is going up. The former 1889 historic church on the site was demolished in July after it was closed in 2011 due to earthquake damage. Opihi Parish finance chairman Mark Robins​ said the new church would seat 70 but would not have a steeple Read more

Rising prices for petrol, clothing, housing will dent Kiwis’ wallet

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

New Zealanders can expect things to start getting a bit pricier with rising prices on many items predicted. The consumer price index, a measure of inflation, jumped to 3.3 per cent in the year to June, the biggest increase in nearly 10 years. It had run at an annual rate of 1.5 per cent for Read more

NZs vax dilemma – what to do about unvaccinated church members

Monday, October 11th, 2021

Church leaders across the country are facing a vax dilemma regarding unvaccinated church members.  What do they do about having them in their congregations? It’s a question many are considering. The conversation around mandatory vaccinations is heating up. Last week, the Government announced digital vaccination certificates, which should be introduced by November. They will be Read more

Vatican authorities order second investigation of former Dunedin priest

Monday, October 11th, 2021
NZ Herald

The Vatican has ordered a further investigation into the behaviour of Fr Fivins Chittilappilly. Chittilappilly had been working in New Zealand as an assistant priest in Mercy Parish South Dunedin since January 2020. However, following a complaint of sexual harassment from an adult woman, towards the end of last year, he was stood down from Read more

Cardinal calls on Vatican over bishop’s response to sex complaint

Monday, October 11th, 2021
NZ Catholic

Stuff reports Cardinal John Dew is seeking the Vatican’s permission to investigate the way a Catholic bishop responded to complaints of a sexual nature against former priest Sateki Raass. Dew, who is the Metropolitan Archbishop of New Zealand, addressed the letter to the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, which oversees ‘mission territories’, including New Read more

Easy and simple abortions target Māori, Pacifika and disabled people

Monday, October 11th, 2021

With the introduction of medical abortion and fewer restrictions on who can provide them, it is now simpler and easier for New Zealanders to receive an abortion. On Saturday, Labour’s Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced the medications can now be prescribed by primary care practitioners, including GPs, midwives, and nurse practitioners. She Read more

Royal Commission Judge expresses sadness at scale of French church abuse

Monday, October 11th, 2021

Judge Coral Shaw, Friday released a statement expressing her sadness of the sexual abuse with the Catholic Church in France She notes, “with immense sadness, the vast scale of abuse against children by clergy in the French Catholic Church since 1950, which was revealed by an independent inquiry in France. “It is deeply unsettling to Read more