Posts Tagged ‘Colonialism’

NZ govt urged to apply more scrutiny in West Papua

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

West Papua Action Auckland said the government should be engaging with Indonesian authorities more after a shooting attack at mining company PT Freeport Indonesia’s offices in Papua province killed a New Zealander Graeme Wall on 30 March. Continue reading Related Posts:‘We’ll be extinct,’ warns West Papuan churches, call for…Indonesian seminarians become journalistsPapuan activists demand locals Read more

Hundreds visit Jallianwala Bagh massacre exhibition in Wellington

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

‘Punjab Under Siege’ an exhibition on the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre curated by the Partition Museum of Amritsar, India concluded on Thursday, November 28 with hundreds attending it during the week-long event at Saint Peters Church in Wellington. Read more Related Posts:Cavern discovered under Rome’s Monteverde neighbourhoodPope Francis kisses battered Ukraine flag from BuchaEco-church gets $20k Read more

Māori Council letter to Pope just attention seeking

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
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New Zealand First MP Shane Jones says the Māori Council’s executive director is attention-seeking with an attack on the Catholic Church. Matthew Tukaki has written to the Pope to ask that he formally renounce the doctrine of discovery, a 15th-century idea that European nations could claim lands if they were not occupied by Christians. The Read more

Māori Council wants Pope to apologise for colonisation of NZ

Monday, November 11th, 2019
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The executive director of the Maori Council, Matthew Tukaki, has written to Pope Francis, calling for “an accounting of the trauma” the Vatican has caused and a repudiation of the doctrine of discovery. While not addressing the colonisation of Aotearoa specifically, popes have on several occasions repudiated and apologised for the doctrine of discovery going Read more

Ihuāmatao – Are the churches listening?

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 27th, 2017
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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

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