New Zealand

Migrant exploitation in a liquor store near you Comments 0

liquor stores

It is estimated that 40 per cent of workers in liquor stores are paid below the minimum wage. Alcohol activists alarmed by the tide of migrant exploitation cases in liquor stores are demanding an urgent government inquiry. Community lawyer Grant Hewison, who specialises in liquor licence applications, and a former barrister and Alliance MP Liz Read more

Lebanon: Caritas helping amidst apocalyptic scenes Comments 0


Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand announced on Friday that it will provide urgently needed funding for Lebanon amidst apocalyptic scenes from a massive explosion in the port of Beirut yesterday. Caritas is one of at least sixteen Catholic organizations that have responded to the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut’s port. As victims in Beirut face an Read more

Analysis and Comment

Who goes first? The ethics of distributing a Covid-19 vaccine Comments 0

covid vaccine

We are in the midst of a global health crisis that already has inflicted a significant humanitarian and economic toll on the United States. For now, we must try to contain the spread of Covid-19 through physical distancing and face-covering. But we will reach another turning point when a vaccine to prevent the disease has Read more

The science on transgender sport Comments 0

transgender sport

The man who helped write guidelines on transgender players in women’s rugby says he hates that his work has created a platform for people to attack transgender people as cheats. “That’s not the case,” says sports scientist Ross Tucker. “I wish that society would be accepting.” The report was leaked a couple of weeks ago Read more

Magazine report is aimed at silencing nuns on sex abuse, says Vatican critic Comments 0

silencing nuns

An article in a Jesuit magazine describing alleged exploitation of nuns in Catholic convents has been criticized as an attempt to silence members of women’s religious orders who have begun to speak out against sexual abuse by priests. “I think there is a possibility of a revolt of religious sisters,” said Lucetta Scaraffia, the former Read more

Arms trade is killing thousands of women and children Comments 0

arms trade

The drums of war are beating ever louder as arms traders supply weapons for war in the Middle East while the superpowers line up in confrontational posturing in a show of might and military power. “Might is right” is the thinking behind the three biggest military powers vying for prestige and power in the world. Read more

State-integrated schools give you best bangs for your bucks Comments 0

stat-integrated schools

Parents who are saving up to get their child into a private school should be aware that state-integrated schools might give them better bangs for their bucks. This the conclusion policy analyst Joel Hernandez comes to in a report he prepared for The New Zealand Initiative. Many parents want their kids to go to private Read more

  • World

  • Protests erupt over Beirut’s deadly explosion Comments 0

    The deadly explosion in Beirut last week was followed by a wave of protests erupting in central Beirut. Many Lebanese citizens are blaming their leaders’ incompetence, for the deadly explosion that leveled the city’s main port last Tuesday. The blast sent a shock wave through Lebanon’s capital, destroyed entire neighborhoods, killed at least 154 people, Read more

  • Pope picks six women for ‘all-male’ Vatican posts Comments 0

    Pope Francis has attempted to right the gender balance in senior Vatican posts, appointing six women to traditionally all-male Vatican roles at the Vatican Council for the Economy. In addition to the women, the only layman named to the council was Alberto Minali, a former executive at Italian insurance companies. Statutes for the Council, which Read more

  • Thousands of Christian volunteers helping after Beirut blast Comments 0

    Thousands of Christian volunteers are clearing debris and delivering urgent aid to people in Beirut, following last week’s devastating explosion. Medicine, clothes, blankets and food are in huge demand. Monsignor Toufic Bou-Hadir, director of the Maronite Patriarchal Commission for Youth, is praising the efforts of the young Christian volunteers “amazing” response to what he calls Read more

  • Catholic bishop challenges Trump’s pro-life claims Comments 0

    President Donald Trump’s pro-life claims have been analysed and found wanting. An American church leader, Bishop John Stowe of Kentucky challenged Trump’s pro-life claims in a recent webinar. He told his audience that rather than being pro-life, Trump was actually anti-life. “For this president to call himself pro-life, and for anybody to back him because Read more

  • Cardinals call out China’s Uyghur genocide Comments 0

    China’s Uyghur genocide must end, say 76 signatories. The cardinals of Myanmar and Indonesia are among the signatories of a statement calling for action to stop “one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust: the potential genocide of the Uyghurs and other Muslims in China.” Uyghur genocide and other atrocity crimes are known Read more