Category Archives: Cultural Renewal

Kapiti Island – sanctuary of the Sprirt

Today Kapiti Island north of Wellington is a sanctuary for some of New Zealand’s precious rare birds. 180 years ago it provided sanctuary of a different sort. In 1837 a group of young men hungry for truth established what was … Continue reading

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Bible in Schools

180 years ago in New Zealand the Bible was valued more than gold. The hunger across the land for the Maori New Testament – Te Kawenata Hou was insatiable. Now it is being removed from our schools by ardently secular … Continue reading

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Rev Samuel Marsden – Till time shall be no more

200 years is a momentous milestone in a nation as young as New Zealand. But that is the milestone we celebrate this year of 2014. It is two centuries since the Rev Samuel Marsden came ashore at Rangihoua in the Bay … Continue reading

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Ngai Tahu youth better savers

Ngai Tahu young people are more likely to be savers with better financial literacy than other young New Zealanders. This according to a study undertaken by the Financial Education and Research Centre reported in the Herald today. The study attributed … Continue reading

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More than gold

In 1837 at Paihia in the Bay of Islands the first Maori New Testament was printed – Te Kawenata Hou. Shortly thereafter a messenger arrived at Paihia from Te Rarawa chief Nopera Panakareao. He had journeyed several days across country … Continue reading

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An Action Plan to Affirm Marriage

For those who read my last blog and said – yes but what can the Government do ? Here is a 10-point Action Plan to Affirm Marriage. By implementing a Plan such as this, our political leaders could begin the … Continue reading

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Vulnerable Children Bill – Legislating Failure

The Vulnerable Children Bill was introduced into Parliament last week. It will fail.               It will fail because it does not address the key question raised in its opening paragraph. That paragraph states, “The … Continue reading

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Convention Centre – Where is the vision ?

Auckland’s International Convention Centre should be on the waterfront. The Wynyard Quarter provides the obvious location for a piece of stunning architecture that will embed international visitors into the city and its harbour in the best possible way. With the viaduct … Continue reading

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Aaron Gilmore – its not MMP, its character

The Aaron Gilmore saga has little to do with MMP. It has a lot to do with the way our culture now ignores character in favour of achievement. The latter can be stated (and indeed over-stated) in a CV. The … Continue reading

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What is truth…?

Before handing Him over to be crucified, Pontius Pilate concluded his interrogation of Jesus Christ with the question “What is truth?”. The irony of course was that the Truth was standing  in front of him. The debate on the Marriage … Continue reading

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