New Zealand

End of Life Choice Bill should be withdrawn immediately Comments 0

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Peter Thirkell, Secretary of the Care Alliance, has welcomed the Justice Select Committee’s statement that the End of Life Choice Bill “is not workable in its present state”. “Mr Seymour should withdraw his bill immediately. It is simply not feasible for MPs to try to ‘fix’ the bill during the Committee of the Whole House Read more

Paula Bennett comes out in full support of euthanasia bill Comments 0

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

National deputy leader Paula Bennett has come out in strong support of the End of Life Choice Bill, which would legalise euthanasia. Bennett is the highest-profile National MP to support the members’ bill, which her leader opposes. The success or failure of the bill will likely hinge on the amount of National MPs who support it. Read more

Law change need to protect religious groups against hate speech Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019

The Human Rights Commission wants the government to consider changing the law to protect religious groups against hate speech. Justice minister Andrew Little has announced he will be fast-tracking a review of the laws. However, unlike changes to gun laws, which look set to pass with near unanimity, changes to hate speech legislation could be Read more

Large family celebrate parents’ diamond wedding anniversary Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Ann and Bryan Watt celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in Wainuiomata last weekend after renewing their vows at St Patrick’s Church in front of friends and family, including 10 of their 17 children. Ann, 79, and Bryan, 82, have also fostered about 12 children throughout their marriage. The Watts still live in the four-bedroom home Read more

Royal Commission: Satyanand’s resignation offer declined Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Sir Anand Satyanand offered to withdraw as head of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and Care in Faith-Based Institutions. Some have expressed concern about a perceived conflict of interest because of his Catholic faith. Documents obtained by Stuff show Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin rejected his offer. Instead, she asked Satyanand Read more

Canada shows euthanasia soon extended to more than the terminally ill Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Seven Canadian doctors published a 2018 World Medical Journal article, “Euthanasia in Canada: a cautionary tale”, endorsed by 57 other Canadian doctors. They wrote, “As Canadians, we are saddened by this situation, but we hope that our experience and observations will serve as a warning for our colleagues in other countries and their patients”. Read more

Anglicans respond to Sam Neill’s call to dismantle Christ Church cathedral Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Canterbury’s Anglican bishop has responded to movie star Sam Neill’s call to demolish the Christ Church Cathedral and replace it with “a dynamic social hub”, saying it’s too late to reconsider the building’s future. Continue reading

References to Tangaroa in Wellington’s climate change plan irks councillors Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Tangaroa – the Māori god of the sea – may be little more than a mythological figure, but the mere mention of the divine being’s name in Wellington’s climate change plan has some city councillors spooked. Read more

Catholic tertiary institutes to merge Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019
Tertiary Institutes

New Zealand Catholic has reported that a single provider for Catholic tertiary education is expected to be fully in place for the 2020 academic year. The Society of Mary has agreed to relinquish co-ownership and governance of Good Shepherd College (GSC). In a letter to the staff of the merging institutions, establishment board chair Sir Brian Roche said the Provincial Council of the Read more

Some Catholic schools oppose changes to the education system Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

11 Catholic schools have joined the Community Schools Alliance, a campaign launched to oppose changes to the ways schools in New Zealand are governed, managed and administered. The Community Schools Alliance is made up of 43 of the country’s 2431 state and integrated schools. And the former CEO of the New Zealand Catholic Education Office Brother Sir Read more