Posts Tagged ‘NZ Parliament’

Parliament shamefully abandons women and their unborn children

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Parliament Wednesday evening passed the Labour-led government’s Abortion Legislation Bill by 68 to 51. It represents an attack on the family, on the status and dignity of women and on the right to life of New Zealanders in the first nine months of life. Our right to life is universal and inalienable. The denial of Read more

Strangers pray on the floor of the House

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

On Tuesday the speaker of New Zealand’s parliament, the right honourable Trevor Mallard, invited a multi-faith group into the House to join him as an imam led them in prayer. It was the first time Parliament had opened with a Muslim prayer, to the best knowledge of the Speaker’s Office. The interfaith group included representatives Read more

Gordon Copeland, former MP dies

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Former United Future MP Gordon Copeland died in Wellington last Saturday at the age of 75. From 1984 to 2002 Copeland served as the financial administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington. He served as a Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2008 entering the House of Representatives as a list MP for the United Read more

St Bede’s College well represented in Parliament

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Gerry Brownlee and Clayton Cosgrove may, on the surface, have little in common but if you look back a couple of decades, they share a strong bond. So too do Peter Dunne and Damien O’Connor. Even David Carter can put a similar claim to fame on his curriculum vitae. All five sitting Members of Parliament Read more

Horomia kept eye on Brownlee to ensure he prayed

Friday, May 10th, 2013
Parekura Horomia

As Members of Parliament, Tuesday, dedicated the day to paying tribute to former Minister of Māori Affairs and Labour MP, Parekura Horomia, St Bede’s College Old Boy and National MP Gerry Brownlee told the house he remembered getting a note from Mr Horomia for not shutting his eyes during the House Prayer. Brownlee recalled Mr Horomia used to Read more

Christian compassion and gay marriage

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The Marriage Amendment Bill aims to amend marriage legislation to ensure gay couples are not treated in “a discriminatory manner”. It has passed its first reading and is now open for submissions from the public. In our next piece in a series of opinions, Wairarapa man and future Labour political hopeful Kieran McAnulty says marriage Read more

Sign of the times or time to redesign marriage

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Fear not, Your Majesty. It’s taken a while – 842 years, to be precise – but they’ve done it for you. Got rid of themselves, it would seem, with nary a murmur of dissent. “We don’t care who’s on top.” No hint of the turbulent Becket there, Your Majesty, no call to sustain the separation Read more