Posts Tagged ‘General Election’

Bishops name life issues as priorities in UK elections

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has pleaded with Catholics to engage with politics ahead of the United Kingdom’s general election on May 7. The England and Wales bishops have produced a four page letter which asks Catholics to consider some fundamental ethical questions before they vote. The letter is to be distributed in parishes this Read more

Election 2014: Future of charter schools debated

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Another National government may introduce more charter schools to maintain diversity, but Labour says it would scrap them altogether. The announcements were made by Education Minister Hekia Parata and Labour’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins as they joined TVNZ’s Q+A discussion on Sunday. Continue reading Related Posts:Court delays hearing over state-integrated schools…State-Integrated schools take government to Read more

Anglican Archbishops fasten on four key election challenges

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The Anglican Archbishops in Aotearoa New Zealand have identified four key challenges facing the country in the run-up to the General Election on September 20. These issues are: Child poverty Income inequality Lack of affordable and accessible housing Global warming Calling on all Anglicans to exercise their right to vote in the election, Archbishops Winston Read more

It’s easier to talk about other countries’ atrocities

Friday, August 29th, 2014

It’s easier to talk about other countries’ atrocities than to look deeply at the blight of violence meted out on innocent children on a daily basis in our own country says the parish priest of Oamaru in the South Island of New Zealand. In an opinion piece in the Otago Daily Times Fr Wayne Healey Read more

Lobby group releases NZ MPs voting records on family issues

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Family First has released a guide on how current MPs have voted on controversial family and conscience issues in the last 12 years. The resource, titled “Value Your Vote 2014”, was released in early August, about seven weeks before New Zealand’s general election. The issues covered include redefining marriage, the anti-smacking law, parental notification for teenage Read more

Huge crowd at child poverty forum in Wellington cathedral

Friday, August 8th, 2014

More than 1000 people packed St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Wellington for a Catholic and Anglican initiative to hear politicians address child poverty. Catholic Archbishop John Dew and Anglican Bishop Justin Duckworth invited the Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills, and politicians to speak on child poverty in the lead-up to the election. At the forum Read more

NZ’s Catholic bishops issue 2014 General Election statement

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have written a statement on the 2014 General Election, with particular emphasis on remembering the poor and vulnerable. According to the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference website, the statement is written for Catholics to read and reflect upon. It begins with a quote from Pope Francis: “The goal of economics and Read more

School children grill MPs

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Children at an Auckland primary school have won a promise from four political parties to let children help to run the country. The Grey Lynn School children grilled National, Labour, Green and Internet Party politicians and independent MP Brendan Horan at the launch of a “tick4kids” campaign to bring children’s issues to the fore in Read more

Cunliffe goes to Samoan Easter service

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Labour leader David Cunliffe attended a Samoan church service last night, as the party ramps up its efforts to woo the Pasifika vote. After an Easter Sunday service in Mangere, Cunliffe addressed more than 3000 people at the Samoan Assembly of God National Easter Conference. Labour is making a concerted effort to target voters in Read more