Posts Tagged ‘Church and State’

Auckland City Council hikes rates for churches Comments 0

Thursday, August 30th, 2018
rates

The Auckland Council will urgently review the rates bills of the city’s churches after hundreds were issued huge rises. One church in central Auckland, which asked not to be named, received an increase of 6900 percent, from $400 to $28,000. The council issued new rates bills, without consultation, to the churches earlier this month, claiming Read more

Wellington’s new parking fees may affect church attendance Comments 0

Monday, August 27th, 2018
parking fees

The Wellington City Council has voted to introduce weekend parking fees in the city. Previously there were two hours of free weekend parking in the CBD. Now the parking fee will be $2.50 per hour. The parish priest of St Mary of the Angels, Fr Conroy SM, told CathNews that the new charges will have a significant impact on those attending Read more

Catholic bishops condemn abuse of state funds in PNG Comments 0

Monday, July 23rd, 2018
state funds

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands has called on parliamentarians to do away with the allocation of state funds that they can use at their own discretion in their electorates. The Bishops say these state funds have only attracted greed and corruption and overshadowed the real role of an Read more

Don’t mix religion with politics – Bainimarama Comments 0

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
religion with politics

Fiji’s prime minister prime Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama says it is inappropriate to mix religion with politics. He said some other political parties are engaging preachers in campaigns and also electing them as proposed candidates but this will not happen in the FijiFirst party. “To see a talatala (church minister) talking or backing a political party, Read more

Samoan government’s tax law is a return to a colonial mindset Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018
tax

The General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (EFKS), says the demand that Church ministers pay tax is part of a colonial mindset that the government seems to have revived. Reverend Vavatau Taufao says taxing church ministers is just the first step. “If this colonial mindset is allowed to continue, when will it Read more

Catholic church in Samoa accepts the new tax laws Comments 0

Thursday, June 14th, 2018
tax

The Catholic Church and the Methodist Church in Samoa have said that they accept a new law requiring their ministers to pay tax. But at a recent general assembly, the leaders of the Congregational Christian Church (CCCS) said they would ignore the law. In a speech in parliament, the prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi praised the Read more

Catholic schools in Samoa receive a government grant of $2 million talā Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
government grant

Catholic schools in Samoa have received a government grant of $2 million talā. Making annual grants to church schools began in 1983 when government allocated $50 to $60 thousand talā in recognition of the church schools’ significant contribution to providing education. This year the annual allocation for private schools has reached $6 million talā. Consideration is Read more

Church and State stand-off over taxes in Samoa Comments 0

Monday, May 28th, 2018
taxes

The stand-off between the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS/EFKS) and the Samoan government over taxation is getting worse. The General Assembly (Fonotele) of the church has rejected outright the government’s new law which imposes taxes on all church ministers. One speaker at the Fonotele has gone so far as to predict that Government’s decision Read more

Church centre stage in Timor Lesté election Comments 0

Monday, May 14th, 2018
election

A debate has been raging over support for the Fretilin-led government in Timor Lesté by the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Basilio do Nascimento. Now, after Saturday’s election, it seems this Fretilin-led government is heading for defeat. With more than 99 percent of votes counted in Saturday’s poll, the Alliance of Change for Progress (AMP) Read more

Tax is on church ministers, not the church, says Samoa’s Prime Minister Comments 0

Monday, April 30th, 2018
tax

Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says the new tax laws apply to the church ministers individually, not the church as a whole. Documents leaked to the Samoa Observer show that the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) will not observe a law requiring all church ministers to pay income tax. According to the Read more