New Zealand

Nasty deaths predicted for millennials

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Many millennials are forecast to die badly because our underfunded palliative care system is struggling on dwindling fundraising. Experts say we already have a “postcode lottery” determining who dies in pain. The scale of the problem contrasts with the provisions of the newly available End of Life Choice legislation. The new legislation offers a fully-funded Read more

Church attendance aided by being digitally literate

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

People with different levels of digital literacy will not be excluded from getting their Covid vaccine pass, says Covid Minister, Chris Hipkins. He gave the assurance, Wednesday on NewstalkZB. Singling out the elderly, Hipkins acknowledged that not all people have the required digital skills necessary to get the vaccine pass. He said they will be Read more

Unmute yourself and consider the outrageous

Thursday, November 18th, 2021
Auckland Diocese

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have opened the diocesan phase of the 2021-2023 synodal journey. We should “unmute ourselves”, and everyone should share their dreams for the Church says Auckland’s bishop, Patrick Dunn. We should also consider “outrageous” issues in walking the synodal journey, Dunn said as he opened the synod in his Auckland. As Auckland remained Read more

Legal expert says Destiny Church unlikely to be deregistered as charity despite 12,000 people signing petition

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

A legal expert says Destiny Church is unlikely to be deregistered as a charity despite thousands of people signing a petition calling for its charitable status to be revoked. It comes amid controversy over Brian Tamaki’s involvement in anti-lockdown protests. Tamaki’s Freedoms and Rights Coalition is responsible for organising several anti-lockdown protests, while Tamaki himself Read more

‘Extraordinary amount’ collected for Vinnies food bank

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Staff at the St Vincent de Paul foodbank were left with the unusual sensation of wondering where to start putting things after a truck loaded to the brim with food arrived at the centre yesterday. Centre and pastoral co-ordinator Sarah Strang said the Dunedin City Council had done a collection around all its staff and Read more

Innocent until found guilty

Monday, November 15th, 2021
innocent until found guilty

A photograph of former St Patrick’s College Silverstream rector, the late Father Patrick Minto remains on display at St Patrick’s College Silverstream, despite a survivors’ support group’s wish for it to be removed. “Unless someone comes to us or police with a credible accusation … Fr Minto is entitled to his good name,” Fr Tim Read more

Brian Tamaki’s iwi condemns his actions for putting Māori at risk

Monday, November 15th, 2021
Otago Daily Times

Brian Tamaki’s iwi is criticising his involvement in a freedom group they say puts Māori communities at risk and undermines the science behind preventing the virus’s spread. Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo is concerned about the effect of these gatherings, which involved many unmasked supporters, babies and tāmariki. While Tamaki and his wife Hannah say Read more

Struggling to survive; those seeking help highest in 100 years

Monday, November 15th, 2021
The Spinoff

Aucklanders who rely on benefits say they are just “trying to survive”. Hardship support from Work and Income has amounted to a “pittance”, they say. Advocates for Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) and beneficiaries using their services say the support offered this year did not match that of the first lockdown. Just surviving is a Read more

75 years of uni theological study marked

Monday, November 15th, 2021

An ecumenical service was held at Knox Church, in Dunedin, last night to celebrate 75 years of theological study at the University of Otago. Theology head the Rev Associate Prof Christopher Holmes said the service was a way to honour what had been done at the university over the past three-quarters of a century. “We Read more

Research into growing tissue for organ transplants gets major funding

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Overcoming the barriers of engineering living tissues in a lab and growing organs to alleviate the world’s shortage of transplant organs is one step closer, after an Otago researcher was awarded a major fellowship today. University of Otago (Christchurch) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine researcher Dr Khoon Lim has been awarded a Rutherford Read more