Analysis and Comment

Why is it near impossible to produce affordable housing? Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
affordable housing

It is one of the biggest problems our country faces — we cannot produce the affordable housing that’s so desperately needed. But we can produce an overabundance of expensive homes. So why the massive disconnect between demand and supply? Without political ownership and a major overhaul of the current regulatory processes, affordable housing will never Read more

Third sight Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
third sight

Is there such a thing as third sight? In a Faith context, first and second sight usually refer to “knowing” rather than physical vision. I suppose first sight would be “head knowing,” the teachings we are given to guide us on the pilgrimage we call Life. These are valuable maps and usually, a one size Read more

The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: Religious leaders comment Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
cannabis

We support the recent new provision in law (2019) for cannabis-based medicine to be available on prescription. We also support the general move towards decriminalising cannabis users, and instead concentrating on a non-punitive health-based approach of helping those being harmed by cannabis use and addiction. We note that police are generally no longer prosecuting recreational Read more

After-birth abortion supported by 94% of Belgian doctors Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
after-birth abortion

After-birth abortion or infanticide for babies with a disability is supported by more than 9 in 10 Belgian physicians surveyed, a shocking new research paper into abortion attitudes has revealed. A poll of healthcare professionals in Flanders, Belgium found 93.6% of physicians surveyed “agree that in the event of a serious (non-lethal) neonatal condition, administering Read more

Welcome to the disillusionment phase: COVID at 6 months Comments 0

Monday, September 21st, 2020
disallusionment

Sunday September 13 marked six months since the U.S. declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. The reality that this pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint, has started to take a toll on people’s emotional and spiritual well-being, with more than half of adults reporting a decline in mental health due to worry and Read more

Record wildfires, hurricanes, droughts – we need the Season of Creation Comments 0

Monday, September 21st, 2020
season of creation

Climate change is real; its death and destruction is upon us, and it is projected to get much worse if far more aggressive national and international efforts to reverse it are not soon enacted. Those who deny climate change and its accompanying global warming – from certain high government officials to countless ordinary users of Read more

The racism behind NZ’s inaction in the Pacific Comments 0

Monday, September 21st, 2020
racism

In April 2018, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the Paris Institute of Political Studies to talk about the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Islands and said: “We are a Pacific nation … New Zealand does not simply sit in the Pacific. We are the Pacific too, and we are doing our best to Read more

Suffer the little children as adults experimented Comments 0

Monday, September 21st, 2020
children

The 1970s was not a time anyone in their right mind should feel nostalgic for. It’d be a difficult ask if you actually lived through its madness. Maybe you might recall Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movies is worthy of note, but I can only watch them in fury today – as I did then. Starting Read more

The seal of Confession Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
confession

In every family, in every community, there are unresolved conflicts; there is sin. In Matthew 18:15-20, he sets out the steps for reconciliation. First, “if your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone”. If that works, well and good. If it doesn’t, then call him to the table with a Read more

Māori are more likely to die from COVID-19 than other New Zealanders Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
Māori

The risk of dying from COVID-19 is at least 50% higher for Māori than New Zealanders from European backgrounds, according to our study published 4 September 2020. Māori and Pacific populations are historically at greater risk of hospitalisation and death from pandemics. During the 2009 influenza pandemic, the rate of infection for Māori was twice Read more