Category: Wel-com

Easter safe for workers and families

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has welcomed the defeat of the second bill relating to Easter Sunday trading in Parliament last week. The Bill proposed to allow local authorities to extend Easter trading in their own local areas.

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Terrorism proposals could leave Caritas vulnerable

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, the Catholic agency for justice, peace and development, opposes two clauses in the Terrorism Suppression Amendment Bill, which it believes has the potential to impact on work for human rights in the region.

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Violence against children

Proverbs 13:24 is the text most invoked: Those who spare the rod hate their children, but those who love them are diligent to discipline them. The phrase ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’ is often incorrectly attributed to the Christian bible. It does not appear there. It was first written in a poem by Samuel Butler in 1664.

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Caritas supports compromise over anti-violence bill

Caritas has come out in support of a ‘third way’ amendment to a controversial parliamentary bill on physical punishment of children that seeks to outlaw most cases of spanking. Scoop reports that Caritas CEO Michael Smith said the Catholic social justice agency was satisfied that the compromise found through cross-party discussion and negotiation met concerns raised by their submission to Parliament.

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