Posts Tagged ‘immigrants’

Three new Hindu temple opened in Auckland this year Comments 0

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Auckland’s third new Hindu temple this year will open in Henderson next month. Community worker Pravin Patel said there were now 17 Hindu temples across Auckland. The city’s Hindu adherents increased by more than any other religion between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, from 45,324 to 61,458, and are now 4.3 per cent of all Read more

Controversial Bishop Gray backs family facing deportation Comments 0

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Controversial Anglican, Bishop John Gray, says he can offer a Christchurch family, who sought refuge in a church to avoid deportation to Chile, a home within his church’s grounds. The Ravet family have lived in New Zealand for 11 years, but the parents’ work permits have expired, and they face deportation to Chile. They had Read more

Unaccompanied child immigrants Comments 0

Friday, July 4th, 2014

On Christmas Eve, 1991, I was preparing to celebrate Mass. I was at Casa Romero, a hospitality center for refugees set up by the Diocese of Brownsville in response to a massive number of Central Americans fleeing violence by heading north to the USA. Because I had some time before we were supposed to start Read more

Assyrian church helps small community Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

A new church is helping forge cultural roots for a small community. The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East opened its doors in Manurewa. Father Toma K Toma, who came to New Zealand from Iran in 1992, acknowledges the church has come a long way from its early beginnings and is happy to Read more

Prayer room ‘just good business’ Comments 0

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Employing people from all corners of the globe has many benefits, according to Mt Albert Pak ‘n Save owner-operator Brian Carran. The supermarket won the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust diversity award for innovation in 2005 after Carran set up a prayer room for Muslim staff. “It’s just good business,” he says. “It’s just being a Read more

Migrant people breathing new life into rural Churches Comments 0

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

In  2012 Immigration and Associate Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said  “Migrant workers make up a small but significant part of the dairy industry workforce, filling the gaps where there are not enough New Zealanders available.” “There are now around 1500 migrant dairy workers in the country, making up 6% of the workforce. The majority come Read more

The traditional American family has been outsourced Comments 0

Friday, September 27th, 2013

If you’re looking for a two-parent, man-and-wife, never-divorced kind of family, head to one of those citizenship ceremonies. If you want to find traditional American family values—a man and a woman officially married to one of their “own kind,” no plans for divorce, an older dad who is the breadwinner, a stay-at-home mom—the best place Read more

Pope Francis hits treatment of migrants as ‘pawns’ Comments 1

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on countries to protect migrants as he condemned the treatment of refugees as mere “pawns on the chessboard of humanity.’” The pope’s statement came in a message for the Vatican’s next “World Day of Migrants and Refugees,” set for January 19. “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard Read more

Monthly Mass in Portuguese for 2000 Brazilians in Queenstown Comments 0

Friday, June 14th, 2013

For the  the past three years, on the 4th Sunday of each month, Fr. Michael Mahoney, the parish priest of South Westland, makes the 750km round trip to Queenstown to celebrate Mass using the Portuguese language, for Brazilian people living and working there. After mass there is a social pot-luck meal. There are more than two thousand Brazilians working and living Read more

Day of Prayer for Migrants – Was Winston the answer? Comments 0

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

On the day when Catholics throughout New Zealand were praying for refugees and migrants Winston Peters suggested that New Zealand’s superannuation fund could be conserved by making elderly migrants ineligible. He told the the New Zealand First Conference in Palmerston North on the weekend that migrants were taking advantage of the universal pension scheme. Singling out “a Read more