New Zealand

St Kevin’s College has a new owner Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

After more than 90 years, Oamaru’s Catholic school is changing hands. St Kevin’s College, which has been under Christian Brothers ownership since 1927, will be transferred to the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin later this year. While the brotherhood appoints its own representative to the school’s board of trustees, it has not had staff at the Read more

Call for Matariki to be a public holiday Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Wellington’s mayor is calling for Matariki to become a public holiday. Justin Lester is suggesting the Māori New Year could replace the Queen’s Birthday holiday, which was not meaningful for many who saw it as just a day off. Last year Wellington City Council cancelled its 2018 Guy Fawkes Sky Show, moving the fireworks display Read more

New Safeguarding Lead to oversee national roll out of training Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019

The National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS) has welcomed Pamela Arthurs as the new National Safeguarding Lead. She will provide support to dioceses, congregations and Catholic organisations in the continued implementation of safeguarding practices around New Zealand. NOPS is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Catholic Church’s policy and procedures for safeguarding children and vulnerable Read more

Jean Vanier honoured at Christchurch service Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019

On Saturday 8 June, over 100 people joined with L’Arche (Kapiti), Mount Tabor (Auckland), Marralomeda (Christchurch) and Faith & Light communities to honour the memory of Jean Vanier who died in Paris on 7 May. Participants in the service included people from all Christian faiths with and without intellectual disability. A joyous atmosphere prevailed as Read more

Calls for more Islamic schools to cater for Muslim children’s needs Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019

One of two Islamic primary schools in the country says there is a desperate need for more schools for Muslims. Iqra Elementary School in West Auckland officially opened its new building in New Lynn last Wednesday. It has come a long way since it first started in 2016 when it had only 15 students, crammed Read more

New Zealand investigates Samoan church with cryptocurrency links Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019

New Zealand authorities are investigating a prominent Samoan church with links to a cryptocurrency labelled as a fraudulent pyramid scheme. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) probe into the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC) – which has branches in New Zealand, Australia and Samoa – comes amid a seperate investigation by Samoa’s Central Read more

Church arsons were ‘a statement against religion’ Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Jacob Lowenstein’s arsons of two churches was “a determined attempt to make a statement against religion”, said the judge who jailed the 28-year-old for six years nine months. Judge Saunders said Lowenstein saw his actions as a way of getting back at his father for his strict religious upbringing. He had tried to reach out Read more

Two New Zealanders attend youth forum in Rome Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Next week, two New Zealanders will join hundreds of other young people in Rome as part of an international Youth Forum. The Youth Office of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life is holding the International Youth Forum in Rome to carry forward the work of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Read more

Regional seminars to revitalise Vinnies Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

A series of regional seminars is being run throughout New Zealand focusing on spiritual renewal and the recruitment of new members to join the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The seminars, run by the Society’s National Spiritual Adviser Fr Jeff Drane, are being held in the coming months in response to requests from Vincentians Read more

Less time at funerals – more time at school Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Pika Purotu and her priest, the Reverend Fakaofo Kaio of the Onehunga Cooperating Parish, are campaigning for children to spend less time attending funerals and more time attending school. They say children should spend a maximum of three days at a funeral – and only if the deceased is a member of their immediate family. Read more