Posts Tagged ‘Maori’

Easy and simple abortions target Māori, Pacifika and disabled people

Monday, October 11th, 2021

With the introduction of medical abortion and fewer restrictions on who can provide them, it is now simpler and easier for New Zealanders to receive an abortion. On Saturday, Labour’s Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced the medications can now be prescribed by primary care practitioners, including GPs, midwives, and nurse practitioners. She Read more

More on the gang-up against Judge Peter Callinicos

Thursday, October 7th, 2021
Judge Peter Callinicos

What began as a controversy over a judge’s decision to leave a young Maori girl in the care of her Pakeha foster-parents has touched off an extraordinary judicial scandal that threatens to shake public confidence in the integrity of the courts. Allegations made by lawyer Tony Ellis implicate New Zealand’s two most senior judges in Read more

NZ cannot abandon Covid elimination strategy while Māori, Pasifika vaccination rates are too low

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
Māori and Pasifika vaccination rates

Auckland’s move to alert level 3 has also triggered speculation about whether the national Covid-19 elimination strategy has failed or is even being abandoned. While the government denies it, others clearly believe it is at least a possibility. The uncertainty is troubling. If elimination fails or is abandoned, it would suggest we have not learnt Read more

Liberal-Conservatives and Social Democrats: The future of Māori

Monday, September 20th, 2021
The future of Māori

Michael Cullen set out his political philosophy in his autobiography. So has Chris Finlayson. His is having a significant impact on Māori development. Chris Finlayson was Minister for Treaty Negotiations (and Attorney General) between 2008 and 2017. (Alas, he was Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage for only six of those years.) His record is Read more

Pā Wiremu Te Awhitu SM: why is he important in NZ Church history?

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

Perhaps Fr Te Awhitu’s main place in the history of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa / New Zealand is that he is the first Māori to become a Catholic priest. He was ordained in 1944 when 30 years old by Archbishop O’Shea. Wiremu Hakopa Toa Te Awhitu began his life near Taumarunui on 28th July Read more

Church leaders preach the good word about vaccines

Thursday, August 12th, 2021
vaccination

Church leaders are preaching the good word – this time urging people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. Their campaign aims to fight against “echo chambers” of misinformation on social media amongst their communities. “We know that 80 percent of Pasifika communities have some sort of affiliation with churches, church communities,” says John Kleinsman, director of Read more

Auckland is the world’s ‘most liveable city’? Many Māori might disagree

Monday, June 14th, 2021
auckland

While I am always happy to celebrate any accolades my country and city might garner on the international stage, seeing Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau awarded the top ranking in a recent “most liveable cities” survey left me somewhat flummoxed. In particular, I would argue that many Māori whānau in Auckland do not enjoy the benefits of this Read more

Bishops postpone national hikoi until further notice

Monday, May 17th, 2021

New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference has deferred the national hikoi prior to this August’s renewal of Aotearoa New Zealand’s dedication to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. The bishops have decided to postpone the hikoi in which a specially-commissioned artwork will be displayed. Bishop Stephen Lowe, (pictured) Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference, says the bishops revised Read more

Covid economic success story not quite as shiny as it seems

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

The Government’s Covid economic success story might not be a sparkly for some as it seems for others. Data released by the Government shows Māori and Pasifika have been the big losers since the Covid pandemic struck. Both the Prime Minister Jacinda Adern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson are hinting Māori and Pasifika may be Read more

125 years on an exciting future for Catholic Māori

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Eucharist, marking the 125th anniversary of the building of Sts Peter and Paul, Kauwhata, Feilding was held on 29 November. It was on that day in 1895 that Archbishop Redwood celebrated the first Mass there. The Church is one of the oldest in New Zealand still in regular use. Run by local Māori, Fr Philip Read more