New Zealand

New Zealand Catholic bishops’ statement: voting does not start at polling booth Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
bishops' statement

The six New Zealand Catholic bishops are reminding people that voting does not start with entering the polling booth: “Our participation in elections is about listening to the cries of the Earth and the cries of the poor, studying carefully the proposals of political parties, praying about them, and voting with our conscience. They make Read more

Demolition approved for Christchurch Catholic cathedral Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Land Information New Zealand (Linz) has given the go-ahead for the demolition of Christchurch’s Catholic cathedral. A spokesman for the Catholic diocese said demolition work would begin in about two weeks. Workers are currently clearing fallen rubble from the back of the cathedral in preparation for demolition. Read more  

Auckland shooting: Church caretaker finds man with gunshot wound Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Police are investigating after a man was found at an Auckland CBD church with a gunshot wound this morning. The incident is understood to have taken place near St Patrick’s Cathedral in Wyndham St. Police received a report of a person with a gunshot injury at 7.30 am on Thursday. Read more

Pasifikas’ contribution to society not fully recognised Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020
Pasifikas' contribution

The full extent of Pasifikas’ contribution to society and the economy is not fully recognised because of how unpaid work is defined, Dr Seini Taufa says. Taufa is the researcher for Moana Research and Evaluation. A Treasury report has found Pasifika do up to 30 hours of unpaid work per week, including about 27,000 hours Read more

Nathaniel Report: Be informed about Referenda Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020
nathaniel centre

End of Life Choice Act (EOLC) Referendum, is one of two referendums being held alongside the October 17  New Zealand General Election. The New Zealand Catholic bishops’ Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics is providing a series of weekly briefs for parish newsletters. The first brief says: The End of Life Choice Act is not an option Read more

Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship: Backlash frustrates Christian leaders Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020
Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship

Christine Fletcher says Christian leaders are feeling frustrated over the backlash against the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship. Fletcher, a former Mayor of Auckland, is an Auckland City Councilor now representing the Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward. She told Newshub the negativity has to stop. “It has been expressed to me [there has been] some frustration by some of Read more

Chance phone call sheds new light on Pompallier mission Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020

A chance phone call between Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Northland Manager Bill Edwards and retired solicitor Rick Norris has added a new layer of information about Pompallier House Read more

Muslim shop owner told his religion is ‘evil’ Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Muslim shop owner, Nureddin Abdurahman, of Kilbirnie, Wellington, filmed a woman who came into his store and told him the Koran was an evil book and it was a shame he was a Muslim. Read more Watch the video

3 Wairarapa churches up for sale Comments 0

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
churches for sale

After many months of deliberation, the fate of five Wairarapa church buildings owned by the Catholic church has been decided. Three will be put up for sale. Cardinal John Dew announced in June that only Featherston’s St Teresa of Avila and Masterton’s St Patrick’s Church would be kept. The following properties will be up for Read more

Role models in communities key to demolishing conspiracy theories Comments 0

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
conspiracy theories

A study by Te Puunaha Matatini found there was a spike in mainstream media coverage of conspiracy theories following the outbreak of Covid-19 in August. Researcher Kate Hannah said they were often spread by marginalised people who were historically distrustful of science or government. But, “good news spreads just as fast as bad news does Read more