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NZ women uplifting Pacific sisters with free bras Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Forget about burning them – bras donated by New Zealand women are giving their sisters in the Pacific a new sense of freedom. More than 1500 bras collected by women’s networks in two government departments have been donated to The Uplift Project, supporting women of the Pacific Islands who’ve never owned a bra. The room Read more

Survivor backs push to lift veil on church child abuse secret deals Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

A church abuse survivor has supported calls for religious groups to waive victims’ secrecy obligations at Royal Commission hearings. Author Mike Ledingham​ welcomed Wednesday’s announcement that Crown agencies would lift confidentiality obligations on State care abuse survivors. Simon Mount QC, counsel assisting the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry, said he expected churches to Read more

Level of trust after Christchurch mosque massacre Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

A survey of 1000 New Zealanders was carried out to find what impact, if any, the terror attack in Christchurch had on people’s trust levels. There is no evidence in the results of local anti-Semitism or Islamophobia in the form of a trust deficit displayed towards Jews or Muslims compared to mainstream Christian denominations. But Read more

Developer promises millions to provide housing for most in need Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Ian Cassels, a well known Wellington property developer, has pledged to set aside $10,000 for charity from the profit of every high-end home he sells. Houses and apartments sold for over $800,000 would generate a donation to Wellington City Mission. The money will come from developments in the pipeline like Erskine College, inner-city apartments, and Read more

Making abortion easier to get does not address serious underlying issues Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops have expressed their concern about the proposed new abortion regime for New Zealand. However, they look forward to contributing to what they hoped would be an honest, respectful dialogue that explored the complexities surrounding abortion. The Bishops hear about abortion from a wide community of Catholic women and men said Read more

Charity thieves asked to “do the right thing” Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

On his quest to help the homeless Tiny Deane saved up for a trailer to help shift people into new homes. Now he’s asking for help to get it back after thieves made off with it in a night raid. Read more

ChristChurch Cathedral to light up for the month of August Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

The ChristChurch Cathedral will be lit up in August to remind people the reinstatement project is still alive. There are several different designs that will run every night from 6-10pm, finishing at the end of August. Read more

Street preacher claims his free speech right was taken away Comments 0

Monday, August 12th, 2019

A man whose religious public address in Whangārei upset some listeners says the police interfered with his right to free speech by asking him to shut up. During a 20-minute fire-and-brimstone sermon in Cameron St on July 20, ”street preacher” Grant Edwards hurled denigrating comments at passers-by and people seated nearby. As well as telling Read more

Abortion law change not part coalition agreement. Comments 0

Thursday, August 8th, 2019
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The deputy prime minister Winston Peters says that abortion law reform was not part of New Zealand First’s 2017 election campaign. “You should pay attention to other parties’ policies. I know what their policy is,” he said referring to Labour’s election campaign. “They campaigned on it. We didn’t,” Peters told Sky News on Thursday morning. He also Read more

Blessed Sacrament Cathedral: money not tagged for restoration Comments 0

Thursday, August 8th, 2019
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Christchurch Catholic diocese’s general manager Andy Doherty said no donations have been made for the specific purpose of restoring the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. $200,000 left to the church in a will had no specific provision for restoration of the basilica. The donated total of $350,000 would be used for the planned new cathedral, he said. In Read more