New Zealand

Nearly half of homes are damp and mouldy

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Homes with damp carpets and mouldy curtains and draughty windows, bedrooms below 10 degrees Celsius, and families sleeping in the lounge to stay warm are all too common, a healthy housing advocate says. Sustainability Options co-owner Nik Gregg said people Kiwis were a hardy people who had grown to accept that being a nation of Read more

St Kevin’s College principal taking new role

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

After more than 17 years at St Kevin’s College, Paul Olsen might be leaving but he isn’t going far. After 11 years as principal of Oamaru’s Catholic secondary school, Mr Olsen announced yesterday he would be stepping down at the end of the year, to take up a role as manager of the Catholic Education Read more

All New Zealand Catholics will get a say in upcoming synod

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

The NZ Catholic Bishops’ Conference says the views of all New Zealand Catholics will be sought during an expanded Synod of Bishops’ process announced by the pope. “Pope Francis has frequently called for the bishops, priests and people to walk together in a common mission of the Church,” says Conference president Cardinal John Dew. “He Read more

NZ bishops welcome new Canon Law covering priests and laity

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have welcomed Pope Francis’ approval of changes to the Church’s Code of Canon Law which toughens and extends sanctions against sexual abuse. Bishop Stephen Lowe, secretary of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, says the new code makes it clear that bishops must take decisive action when abuse is reported to them. Read more

Charities split $200,000 profit after successful launch of foundation

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

A new charity in Christchurch is building homes with a purpose – it is aiming to donate the profit from sales to local charities supporting disadvantaged youth. The initiative is the brainchild of Cole Askew who is a director of family-led house building company, Freedom Built. Wanting to raise funds to give back to the Read more

Anglican Family Care encourages youth voice

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

A new internship programme provides a pathway to being a director in the not-for-profit sector. The board of the Anglican Family Care centre has appointed Annabelle Cullinane as its first intern director, working alongside the board for a two-year term. She would not have voting rights but would gain insights and experience and could share Read more

We don’t need women deacons

Monday, May 31st, 2021
Women deacons

Women deacons are in effect working well in the Church, except we do not call them deacons, and they are not ordained. This is the view of Dr Joe Grayland, theologian, author and parish priest of three parishes in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He questions whether we need another form of the clergy. Grayland made Read more

Instead of Sunday Mass Greytown Catholics pray

Monday, May 31st, 2021
No Sunday Mass

Wairarapa parishioners in Greytown have announced a Sunday Morning prayer service to replace what was their regular Sunday Mass. The group establishing the service say while Sunday Mass is available in Masterton or Featherston, these options do not always work for everyone. “It also does not support the local community,” Gerard McGreevy of the Establishment Read more

Quiet optimism surrounds appointment of Vatican’s new liturgy head

Monday, May 31st, 2021

Pope Francis, May 27, announced that British Archbishop, Arthur Roche (pictured) will be the new head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. (Liturgy Office.) Roche replaces controversial conservative Cardinal, Robert Sarah, whose resignation Pope Francis accepted on 20 February. The Vatican liturgy office is charged with overseeing the Catholic Read more

Man was insane when he started fires at three places of worship

Monday, May 31st, 2021

A 22-year-old man who started fires at three places of worship within a few hours, causing one to be burnt to the ground, will not be prosecuted as he was suffering from insanity at the time. The man, who has interim name suppression, appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Friday. He was earlier charged Read more