Posts Tagged ‘Colonialism’

Ihuāmatao – Are the churches listening? Comments 0

Monday, July 29th, 2019

It appears that the Destiny Church has been the only church to acknowledge the wero presented by the reaction to the proposed development of Ihumātao next to the Ōtuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve in Māngere. On Saturday, Brian and Hannah Tamaki and about 100 Destiny Church supporters arrived at Ihumātao. Hannah Tamaki said she was there Read more

New Zealand acknowledges its part in Samoa’s influenza epidemic Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

New Zealand is supporting the repair and redevelopment of a site in Vaimoso cemetery, near Apia in Samoa, which will be a national memorial to the influenza epidemic. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced support for the memorial and the refurbishment of the nurses’ training centre to mark the centenary of the arrival of Read more

Christianity spread in Pacific nations through a top down process Comments 0

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

After assessing Christian missionary efforts from 1668 to 1950, researchers claim to have found the spread of Christianity in the Pacific was driven more by the influence of political leaders than grassroots empowerment. This challenges one of the most widely cited reasons for Christianity’s popularity, that it spread from the “bottom-up” by empowering lower classes Read more

French Polynesia President’s visit to the Pope ridiculed Comments 0

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The opposition party in French Polynesia is ridiculing President Édouard Fritch’s proposed visit to Pope Francis. The comment comes just hours after confirmation that Fritch will join a Pacific Islands Forum delegation to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican next month. The forum coincides with the COP23 climate change conference in Germany. The pro-independence opposition party, Tavini Read more

Bishop opposes re- establishment of Russian empire in Kiribati Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Russian empire

The Bishop of Kiribati, Paul Mea, says the Catholic church does not support a Russian man having his own empire in Kiribati. “I think he knows that in Kiribati the churches are very influential with the government. That’s why he came to visit me,”  said Mea. Anton Bakov,  a Russian businessman who is the head Read more

Pastor says smacking children not part of pre-christian Samoa Comments 0

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Reverend Nove Vailaau says during his research into pre-Christian Samoa he has discovered that smacking was not a feature of traditional Samoan language and culture. Accepting children into family life was a more inclusive process. Traditional Samoan values promoted the protection of children, not the infliction of suffering upon them. He says when the missionaries arrived Read more

Former French PM acknowledges nuclear testing wrong Comments 0

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Former French prime minister Alain Juppé has conceded France’s nuclear testing in the Pacific has impacted on the environment and peoples’ health. Mr Juppé was Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997 under President Jacques Chirac, who made the controversial decision to resume nuclear testing in French Polynesia. Mr Juppé, 70, is a member of the Read more

Kanak independence activist Susanna Ounei has died Comments 0

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Susanna Ounei has died in New Zealand at the age of 70. Susanna was born in 1945 in Ouvea in the Loyalty Islands, but grew up in Poindimie on the east coast of New Caledonia. She was a member of the Foulards Rouges in the late 1960s, which mobilised young Kanaks and their supporters to Read more

In Kenya, Francis admits corruption in the Vatican Comments 0

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Pope Francis has advised Kenyan young people to resist the temptations of corruption which affects all aspects of life, and is present in the Vatican. Francis said corruption is not only present in politics but almost everywhere, including the institution he leads. “Even in the Vatican there are cases of corruption,” he said. Francis’s comments Read more

Papuans killed and tortured: half million have died since 1961 Comments 0

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Indonesia must seriously address human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings in Papua, say the Pacific churches. The Pacific Conference of Churches General Secretary, Reverend Francois Pihaatae, says Papuans are being killed and tortured merely because they want self-determination, a right guaranteed by the United Nations of which Indonesia is a member. He said 500,000 Papuans Read more