Posts Tagged ‘Election’

Facebook has ‘devastating’ civil rights record, its own audit says

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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A two-year audit of Facebook’s civil rights record found that the company’s elevation of free expression – especially by politicians – above other values has hurt its progress on other matters like discrimination, elections interference and protecting vulnerable users. Facebook hired former American Civil Liberties Union executive Laura Murphy in May 2018 to assess its Read more

Tonga gets thumbs up from election observer teams

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

The Pacific Island Forum’s Observer Team to Tonga has congratulated election officials for their professional conduct during last week’s snap election. Wilson Waguk, from the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia to Fiji, led the team which observed the opening polling and counting on the islands of ‘Eua and Tongatapu. The team said the Read more

Aussie Sex Party releases offensive anti-Catholic ad

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The Australian Sex party has taken aim at the Catholic Church in an election ad it says may offend some viewers. The ad, released on Youtube on Friday, shows a flamboyant dancing priest leading a congregation in a sing along. The ad accuses the Catholic Church with its “sleazy priests” of “making the world less Read more

Pell elected to body organising next synod of bishops

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Cardinal George Pell is one of 15 prelates who will plan and organise the next synod of bishops. He was one of 12 prelates elected at the recent 2015 synod. Pope Francis added three others to the “synod’s ordinary council”. While the names of the 12 elected members had been circulating for some time, the Read more

Key addresses 500 Pasifika church leaders

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Prime Minister John Key spoke to more than 500 members of South Auckland’s Pasifika community on Tuesday. The meeting, with Pacific church leaders at the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mangere, was also a platform to promote National’s candidate for Mangere, Misa Fia Turner. Key says there had been a shift in support Read more

Election times and false prophets

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Election times are almost with us. Beware of “millennial cargo cult” politicians!  Why the strange language? Well, it aptly describes a dangerous type of politician and political policy. Millenarian cults are social movements common throughout history. They proclaim for devoted believers the destructive end of one era and the dramatic coming of another more perfect Read more

Bishops ask all to consider the common good when they vote

Friday, November 4th, 2011

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have asked New Zealanders and especially Catholics to consider the common good of all when they vote in the November general election. In a statement being distributed to Catholic parishes throughout the country, the bishops emphasise that politics is not a private affair and that the election is an opportunity to help secure Read more

Napier election candidates to go to church

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Should some election candidates feel the need to say a little prayer about the upcoming big day then they will be in the right place during a planned meeting this Sunday.

Five candidates, Chris Tremain (National), Stuart Nash (Labour), Paul Bailey (Greens), Na Raihania (Maori Party) and Robert Burnside (ACT) will be attending the meet the candidates gathering which has been organised by Inner City Churches and set to be staged at St Paul’s Church in Tennyson St at 3.30pm.

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National Candidate for Tamaki trained to be a priest

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

National Candidate for Tamaki Simon O’Connor, 35, was born and raised in Whangarei. He completed training as a Catholic priest, but chose not to be ordained.

“It’s like a lot of young men who go through it – it eventually didn’t feel like the right fit for me and I felt I could probably use some of the skills I had in a wider context, in this case outside the priesthood, so went pretty quickly into politics to make a difference that way.”

Qualities developed in his training – honesty, integrity, discipline, respect for others – were assets for a political career, he said.

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