Analysis and Comment

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

Why a radical approach is needed to fix our broken justice system Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
justice

New Zealanders have long grappled with an obsession with criminal justice expansions, even though crime rates are on the decline. We tell ourselves: “Just another thousand police officers. Just one more prison. It’ll be fine after that. We promise we’ll stop there. They’ll be better. We won’t need any more.” Of course, the impacts of Read more

Thousands of weather stations show there’s more heat and rain Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
weather

A major global update based on data from more than 36,000 weather stations around the world confirms that, as the planet continues to warm, extreme weather events such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall are now more frequent, more intense, and longer. The research is based on a dataset known as HadEX and analyses 29 indices Read more

Infrastructure overspend: Laos electricity grid now owned by China Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020
laos

For almost a decade, Laos has been warned that its extravagant spending spree on infrastructure carried enormous financial risks that threatened to undermine its sovereignty and efforts to raise living standards among the poor. Those warnings fell on deaf ears as Vientiane — hell-bent on becoming the “Battery of Asia” — borrowed heavily and built Read more

Time to start telling – and doing – the truth in the liturgy Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020

As parishes re-open to varying extents – and with a range of anti-viral measures from face-shields to people scattered by tape in near-empty benches, many clergy note that the numbers have not returned to the pre-COVID-19 level. The preferred explanation seems to be that now is still not ‘normality’ and that many are fearful about Read more

I used to hate the word spiritual until I learned what it really means Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020
spiritual

What do you think of when you hear the word spiritual? Do you see visions of immaculately arranged Instagram posts of people practicing yoga or calmly sitting with their eyes closed in an upscale loft? Do you hear the ramblings of someone ‘finding their bliss’ or seeking ‘inner peace’? Do those things seem totally unrelated Read more

Priests still too isolated when facing psychological distress Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020
priests

“Have we, the leaders, been able to hear their suffering?” Bishop Marc Stenger of Troyes in north-central France expressed his doubts on Twitter shortly after two priests in other dioceses within the country took their own lives on August 21 and 23. These were two very different situations. In the first case, Father Jacques Amouzou Read more