Posts Tagged ‘multiculturalism’

NSW government to create and fund religious advisory council

Thursday, June 16th, 2022

The NSW government is planning to set up a specialist religious advisory council. It made the decision after the pandemic underscored the importance of closing cultural divides in Sydney. The Religious Communities Advisory Council will advise on and address safety and security concerns around churches and mosques, and engage with multi-faith communities. The Council and Read more

Multiculturalism made us stronger

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

As we took the field to defend 15 in the super over in the World Cup final last summer, Jos Buttler told me he hoped I had a couple of shamrocks in my pocket. I laughed, and turned to Adil Rashid: “Allah’s with us, isn’t he?” Rash agreed he was. Later, at the end of Read more

Call for Matariki to be a public holiday

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Wellington’s mayor is calling for Matariki to become a public holiday. Justin Lester is suggesting the Māori New Year could replace the Queen’s Birthday holiday, which was not meaningful for many who saw it as just a day off. Last year Wellington City Council cancelled its 2018 Guy Fawkes Sky Show, moving the fireworks display Read more

Religious Sisters discuss moving from being multicultural to being intercultural

Monday, December 4th, 2017

A recent meeting in Manila focused on the theme of “building community in an intercultural world.” In her opening remarks, International Union of Superiors General (UISG), President Sr. Carmen Sammut spoke about how Religious congregations are changing. Communities in Europe, America and Australia are shrinking, with more younger members coming from Africa and Asia. Cultural Read more

Three new Hindu temple opened in Auckland this year

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

Fiji’s PM officates at multicultural Diwali event

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Fiji’s Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at a pre Diwali event at Lautoka on Saturday night and reflected on the significance of the festival of lights. “Most Fijians share a sense of excitement and goodwill about Diwali, no doubt looking forward to a feast of splendid lights, and of course to those Read more

Multiculturalism more acceptable in NZ than in Aus & Europe

Friday, September 5th, 2014

A study carried published by the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research of Victoria University in Wellington New Zealand  in 2013 reveals that a significantly higher proportion agreed that, “It is a good thing for any society to be made up of different races, religions and cultures”, compared with similar  surveys conducted in in Australia and 15 Read more

Difficulties in multicultural NZ

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

For seven years, Barry Lowe’s parents refused to meet his partner, Sue Pearl. His father had migrated to New Zealand from China in the late 30s and ran a fruit shop with Barry’s grandfather. He brought his wife and an infant Barry over from Hong Kong in the 1950s. They rejected Sue out of fear Read more

New Stations of the Cross represent Newtown’s Cultural Diversity

Friday, April 20th, 2012

New Stations of the Cross  to reflect the parishes’ multicultural community have been installed in the recently renovated church of  St Anne’s parish in the suburb of Newtown, Wellington The Stations of the Cross represent 14 different communities: Māori, Samoan, Rwandan, Goan, Croatian, Cook Island, Irish, Scottish, Filipino, Hungarian, Tokelauan, Polish, Kerala and Tongan. Each Read more

Multiculturalism: complex but incredibly worthwhile

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

2012 has been a telling year for multiculturalism in Australia. It began with the Opposition Spokeswoman for Citizenship, Teresa Gambaro, creating a furor with her call for immigrants to be schooled in wearing deodorant and how to queue. The eminent neurosurgeon, Charlie Teo was then hassled for talking straight about racism in his Australia Day Read more