Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

The Church as a guest Comments 0

Monday, April 29th, 2019
guest

The wedding invitation said ‘summer chic’. I smiled to myself as I read this request of the parents of the bride. I had to hope that my hosts would be very understanding. The black suit of a priest would hardly pass as ‘summer chic’! At any celebration, the hosts are very much in charge. They Read more

The New Zealand Wars and the school curriculum Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
New Zealand wars

The New Zealand Wars (1845–72) had a decisive influence over the course of the nation’s history. Yet Pākehā have not always cared to remember them in anything approaching a robust manner, engaging at different times either in elaborate myth-making that painted the wars as chivalrous and noble or, when that was no longer tenable, actively choosing to ignore them Read more

Prostitution is not a job. The inside of a woman’s body is not a workplace. Comments 0

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Prostitution Sex work

One of the most persuasive myths about prostitution is that it is “the oldest profession”. Feminist abolitionists, who wish to see an end to the sex trade, call it “the oldest oppression” and resist the notion that prostitution is merely “a job like any other”. Now it would appear that the New Zealand immigration service Read more

Māori are changing Pākehā, just as Pākehā changed them Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Caught in the big, boisterous march that kicked off Māori Language Week in Wellington on Monday I wondered why it took so long for us to accept that a language is a world, and we lose something by not living in it. In a goofy, inattentive way I learned Latin and French at school, unconvinced that I’d Read more

Boldness needed to tackle suicide rates Comments 0

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

News from Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall that a record 606 people took their own lives in 2016/17, up from 579 the previous year and 564 the year before that, shows that how this country is tackling suicide is not working. This month Health Minister Jonathan Coleman announced a $100 million allocation to fund 17 initiatives Read more

Great reasons for Kiwis to be really happy Comments 0

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

It has been an upsetting week. Expectations got turned upside down, uncertainty about the future now abounds and (in the opinion of most New Zealanders at least) what was right and reasonable lost out to what most appealed to the great unwashed, no matter how plausible or truthful. Donald Trump is now the president-elect of Read more

A caring country Comments 0

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Reading the Bible

A friend who divides her time between New Zealand and the European country of her birth, says New Zealand is the most caring country in the world. “People look out for each other,” she says. “If someone falls in the street, people run to help them.” Her opinion may be fashioned by her own compassionate Read more

Jesus was a refugee Comments 0

Friday, October 9th, 2015

My wife, Nay, fled the Khmer Rouge 35 years ago when she was a little girl. Her father had already been killed by the murderous regime there, and her young mother managed to escape with two young children in tow through the Cambodian jungle. They cheated death with every step as they avoided landmines and Read more

Is New Zealand a Secular Country? Comments 4

Friday, August 7th, 2015

About twelve years ago, I was at an Auckland Literary Festival, with a talk on ‘The Influences that Have Made a Writer.’ The greatest influence in my life, my faith, I left until last, aware that some people were allergic to talk about religion. I said if anyone wanted to leave at that point, I Read more

It’s time for me to protest again Comments 12

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The last time I protested was during university days. That’s, shall we say quite a while ago! But recently I have felt a stirring within me to bring my faith into the public forum in a visible way. There is a growing brittleness in our world. Russia’s bullying of Ukraine, atrocities in the Middle East, Read more