Posts Tagged ‘Auckland’

Auckland is the world’s ‘most liveable city’? Many Māori might disagree

Monday, June 14th, 2021
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While I am always happy to celebrate any accolades my country and city might garner on the international stage, seeing Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau awarded the top ranking in a recent “most liveable cities” survey left me somewhat flummoxed. In particular, I would argue that many Māori whānau in Auckland do not enjoy the benefits of this Read more

The NZ melting pot

Friday, November 14th, 2014

It should go without saying (but often doesn’t): the fact that 2030 New Zealand will be much more ethnically diverse is by no means a bad thing. But it’s also necessary. As the baby boomers age, our population will become disproportionately elderly, with a dependency ratio of about 2.6 people aged between 15 and 64 Read more

“Church is a great place for sinners”, Tim Wilson

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Grumble, grumble, grumble, went Tim Wilson, author, journalist, TV guy, brainy guy and wit. Have I left anything out? Oh, yes, there is the little matter of his conversion to Catholicism. He said: “Were you surprised when you heard I’d become a Catholic?” Of course I was surprised! Wasn’t everyone? But why was I? he Read more

Looking to Mecca from Ponsonby

Friday, March 21st, 2014

While New Zealand is becoming less religious overall, there’s greater diversity to the country’s religious make-up, according to the latest census. Most people who consider themselves religious identify as being Christian, however other religions are growing. The three that saw the biggest increase in followers between 2006 and 2013 are Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. Meanwhile, the Read more

Anglican Diocese of Auckland praised for stance on climate change

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

On 7 September, the Anglican Diocese of Auckland voted overwhelmingly to withdraw its investments from fossil fuel companies. Youth organisation, Generation Zero, endorsed the moral leadership on climate change taken by the Diocese. Generation Zero spokesperson, Kern Mangan-Walker, said “New Zealand has a strong history of taking moral leadership on the important issues of our Read more

Catholic priest’s view of the Vietnam war

Friday, July 26th, 2013

AUCKLAND — Twenty-three years ago the life of Vietnamese Community chaplain, Fr Andrew Nguyen, was transformed. On June 6, 1990, Fr Nguyen arrived in New Zealand to a life of peace and freedom, after a life of war, repression, imprisonment and torture. Speaking of that day in 1990, he told NZ Catholic: “I was very Read more

Catholic college welcomes new rugby sideline initiative

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Auckland Catholic school, De La Salle College, involved last year in a high profile rugby brawl with Auckland Grammar has welcomed a new initiative aimed at improving sideline behaviour among supporters. The initiative involves having a parent or guardian of every boy playing for De La Salle attend an educational evening about appropriate sideline behaviour. Read more

Advent calendar for Auckland’s waterfront

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

A large Advent calendar is to be erected in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter in December. Each day a giant lever will open individual doors to the 12m-high calendar at Silo Park to reveal a Kiwi Christmas scene. Local businesses, artists such as Dick Frizzell and school children are contributing to the project. The Advent calendar will Read more

Church at the heart of the City says Mayor Len Brown

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has told Auckland church leaders that the Church is right at the heart of the city. He said he really wanted everyone’s thoughts and feedback on the issues, and in some cases, for churches to come up with constructive ideas which could provide input to the Council, maybe even with joint Read more

Pacific Island Churches behind Advance Pasifika March

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Pacific Island churches have supported the Advance Pasifika March which took place in Auckland last Saturday. The call to march came from the Auckland City Council appointed Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel, which says it wants to stop being a “rubber stamp” for council policies and create an independent Pacific forum. The chairman of the Advisory Read more