Category: Wel-com

Helping people to claim what is theirs

‘People would need to seek advice before applying for any benefit assistance, because they don’t know what they could miss out on,’ says Teresa Homan of Upper Hutt.

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Church left with mess when WINZ gets it wrong

Caritas is opposing proposals in the new Social Security legislation which would effectively transfer the onus of responsibility for identifying correct benefit entitlements from the Department of Work and Income (WINZ) to beneficiaries themselves.

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Treaty a basis for protection of religious diversity

At the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, Governor Hobson affirmed, in response to a question from Catholic Bishop Pompallier, ‘the several faiths (beliefs) of England, of the Wesleyans, of Rome, and also Māori custom shall alike be protected’. This foundation creates the opportunity to reaffirm an acknowledgement of the diversity of beliefs in New Zealand.

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In memory of the ANZACs

This month, on 25 April, we remember the New Zealand and Australian soldiers who fought at Gallipoli in 1915. Many of them died as a result of a bungled leadership, others from the conditions in the trenches or from the poor nutrition that went with field battles. Margaret Orange of Masterton offers this reflection on her father’s experience of The Great War.

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Indonesian militia razed Dili church, Timor Bishop recalls

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2 April 2007

Testifying at the Indonesia-East Timor Truth Commission, former Dili Bishop Carlos Belo said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically razed the diocese’s compound as well as other churches, killing several clergy and an unknown number of others.

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Oz immigration minister ‘betrays religious principles’

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2 April 2007

Refugee lawyer Julian Burnside has accused Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, a Catholic, of betraying his religious principles and breaching international law over the sending of 82 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to detention camps in Nauru.

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Refugee triumphs in fourth language

Being awarded a certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages was a huge achievement for Tseheinesh Kahsay Woreita of Tigray and has spurred her on to more study. Tseheinesh arrived in New Zealand in 1998 after spending 15 years in a Sudanese refugee camp and before that, walking for eight days with a young child to escape her embattled country.

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Human rights the focus of PN ecumenical service

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Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and people from various other faiths met on common ground – the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit – to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March.

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Easter’s resurrection always and everywhere

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My crash to the floor brought Patricia and Barbara, two community members hurrying to the kitchen (even neighbours heard the noise). The 111 call centre operator gave CPR [cardiac pulmonary resuscitation] instructions after listening through the phone to my struggle to breathe. Two ambulances and a fire engine arrived within a minute of being dispatched. Suddenly there were six men and their emergency equipment in our kitchen. Although they applied the ‘paddles’ restarting my heart, the paramedics said it didn’t look good.

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