Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

The Pakeha switch to the secular Comments 0

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
secular religion

What are the key markers of contemporary religious faith and practice in New Zealand? Unlike Germany, there is no state support for the churches here. Unlike the US, piety is not worn on one’s sleeve. Attend a funeral or a wedding in New Zealand these days and what springs to mind is the incredible variety Read more

The searing report linking popular NZ brands to sexual abuse and slavery Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
slavery

Some of New Zealand’s most popular cosmetic products are linked to severe abuse, sexual assault, and endemic health problems among Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil workers, according to a new investigation by the Associated Press. It’s the follow-up to another investigation in September which revealed that many of the same palm oil plantations made use Read more

Christchurch imam suggests France copy NZs post-terror attack response Comments 0

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

A Christchurch imam wants France’s president to take a lesson from New Zealand’s response to extremist violence. Imam Gamal Fouda spoke out after two beheadings and the murders of three people at a Catholic church in Nice. The attacks are abhorrent and contradict “the tolerant teachings of Islam and all good human values,” he says. Read more

New Zealand ranked the most ‘Islamic country in the world’ in annual index Comments 0

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

New Zealand has been named the country that most fits Islamic ideals for the second year in a row, but the area of everyday finance is still difficult for Muslims, says a financial commentator. In the 2019 Islamicity index, released earlier this year, New Zealand is ranked first overall, followed by Sweden, Iceland, the Netherlands, Read more

Bad ideas ruined NZ’s once world-leading education system Comments 0

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

There is a rot at the core of schooling in New Zealand. The Ministry of Education follows unscientific advice and is in thrall to a flawed philosophy. Education is awash with debates and dichotomies. Should schooling be about knowledge or personal discovery? Should teachers provide motivation for learning or nurture it intrinsically? Should schools provide Read more

Police work and social work can go together Comments 0

Monday, September 28th, 2020
Māori

A call for help from domestic or family violence is made on average every four minutes in New Zealand, whose high statistics regularly top global lists. And South Auckland is the country’s ground zero, where 23,000 calls come in yearly for family violence. The area also has a large Māori and Pacific Islander population, but Read more

COVID-19 “success”: Why has the world media singled out New Zealand for praise? Comments 0

Thursday, July 16th, 2020
media

Whether it is in the Business Insider, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Deutsche Welle, Time magazine or the CBC media, New Zealand has been widely lauded as the COVID-19 “success story.” On 8 June, the island nation announced that its last person known to be infected with COVID-19 has recovered. This means that (at that Read more

Gender diversity lessons should be stopped Comments 0

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Gender diversity lessons aren’t appropriate and should be stopped, a primary teacher has told a parliamentary select committee. It is the “stuff of nightmares” Waitakiri Primary School teacher Helen Houghton told the committee. “I believe our professional integrity comes under threat when we are required to teach ideology that many in our parent communities, as Read more

Australians ask NZ Bishops for help settling asylum seekers Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Last month I joined with Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) to speak at a series of public forums around the country to discuss the future for asylum seekers who remain in limbo in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. So far I have spoken in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Launceston, Adelaide, Perth and Benalla in Read more

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