New Zealand

Huge increases in people without paid work Comments 0

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Thousands of the 27,000 New Zealanders who ceased receiving the 12-week COVID-19 Income Relief Payments (CIRP) have not returned paid work. The Salvation Army says although the application period for CIRP ended last week, only one in ten people who have finished their CIRP are in work. Some people have been able to transition onto Read more

Call to fund training for ex-offenders to secure trucking jobs Comments 0

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

The Howard League for Penal Reform is helping ex-offenders earn a drivers licence – to keep the trucking industry moving. The League claims the cost of imprisoning a person for a year can fund training for 100 people in Class 2 to 5 licences. That includes learning how to operate heavy-vehicles, road works, farm machinery Read more

Time to consider petrol and diesel car import ban, says climate change minister Comments 0

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Climate Change Minister James Shaw​ wants to see a new petrol and diesel car ban, to kick in at the same time as the United Kingdom’s ban. During an interview with Stuff on his second-term priorities, Shaw said he would recommend the policy to new Transport Minister Michael Wood​ as an “anti-dumping measure” as well Read more

NZ emissions target likely to toughen Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020

New Zealand’s emissions target is likely to toughen if the Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, gets his way. Commenting on advice he received, Shaw says the current target is too weak to match the Government’s commitment to helping save the world and keep the world’s heating within 1.5 degrees celsius. Shaw says conclusive advice from Read more

Scammers targeting church ministers’ email Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Parishoner vigilance is needed after recent incidences of scammers impersonating church ministers are causing concern to the ministers and the recipients of the bogus emails. Stuff reports, 11 November, that the scammer created a similar email address to Timaru Presbyterian minister, Reverend Rory Grant (pictured) and asked recipients to buy gift vouchers for a non-existent Read more

Māori could afford a home but can’t compete with investors Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020
Māori home ownership

With the rent Māori are paying Māori could actually afford ‘the dream’, to buy a home, but a 20% increase in house prices means fewer are able to. The comment comes from Te Matapihi, independent Māori housing advocacy group chair, Rau Hoskins. Hoskins is asking the Government to be more nuanced with their policy framework, Read more

NZpray2day app now available for Apple devices Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020

The Church-created Kiwi prayer app is now available for iOS. McLeod says the project has been a major labour of love that is deceptively complicated to create and maintain. “It’s not an exhaustive source of all information in these areas, but rather takes snapshots and encourages people to seek a moment to reflect, pray and Read more

Vodafone NZ donates more than $43 million to over 1000 charities Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Vodafone NZ has passed a significant milestone in its corporate philanthropy efforts, having supported more than 1000 charitable organisations since 2002 with donations totalling over $43 million, making the digital services provider one of the largest corporate philanthropic donors in Aotearoa. According to Philanthropy New Zealand, Vodafone “offers a great example of how businesses in Read more

Bishop blesses big ticket building projects Comments 0

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
building projects

Two building projects received special blessings on Sunday from the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch’s Bishop Paul Martin. The $6-million building projects both started last year. The re-opening of Timaru’s earthquake-strengthened Sacred Heart Basilica, included a mass, the confirmation of about 30 children and the presentation of four papal awards. Sacred Heart Basilica had been closed Read more

Religious and community groups seek liveable income for needy Comments 0

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Over 60 religious and community groups are asking Jacinda Ardern to address current benefit levels that are keeping people in poverty. “During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, you acted quickly to set up the COVID income relief payment, which is nearly twice the amount of the usual jobseeker benefit. “You showed us that you Read more