New National Director for The Catholic Institute

By Karen / March 10, 2017
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10 March 2017 From Bishop Patrick Dunn, Chair, The Catholic Institute Trust Board I am pleased to advise you that the TCI Council, with the agreement of the TCI Trust Board, has appointed Gerald Scanlan as the new Director for The Catholic Institute. Gerald will take over the Director responsibilities currently held by Professor Anne Tuohy, which will allow her to focus solely on her academic leadership role of Academic Dean.  Anne notified the Council of TCI last year of her desire to step away from the operational leadership role. Gerald brings a strong mix of skills and experience to the Director role.  He has led teams and managed operations in the public, private and non-profit sectors, and consulted to public and non-profit organisations on strategy, leadership, business improvement and change.  Gerald worked with Professor Tuohy on the organisational changes she introduced at TCI in 2013, and facilitated two staff …
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Fast response to fires in Christchurch

By Karen / February 22, 2017
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“In response to parishioners around the Auckland Diocese seeking a way to support those affected by the recent fires in and around Christchurch, the Catholic Caring Foundation (CCF), on behalf of Bishop Patrick, was able to quickly initiate an appeal throughout the Auckland diocese,” said Darragh O’Riordan, General Manager of the CCF. Those who would like to support the families and individuals impacted by these recent fires, can donate to The Catholic Caring Foundation: online caringfoundation.org.nz, (please write FIRE in comments section) by phone (09) 360 3045 by post to Catholic Caring Foundation Fire Appeal, Private Bay 47904, Auckland 1144 or by direct banking to 02-0100-0242648-00 with your name as reference and FIRE as code. Donations will be receipted.  

Auckland Catholic Justice Commission supports moves for Indian students to stay

By Karen / February 15, 2017
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The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland calls on the Minister of Immigration to act with compassion and mercy and to drop the deportation orders against the Indian Students who have been granted sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Ponsonby.  We believe that they should be allowed to stay to complete their studies and work experience as per their original visas. We believe it is not fair to penalise these students who appear to have done nothing wrong.  It seems quite clear that some details of their applications were falsified by immigration agents in India and not by the students themselves.[1] We support the ability of students to come to New Zealand to study and we support our educational institutions, which offer them training.  But this industry must be fair and just to the students.  We ask our government to make sure the industry is properly …
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Church leaders concerned about deportation of Indian students

By Karen / February 13, 2017
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  To the NZ Government and Public: As leaders in our three Churches we wish to publicly state our concern about the proposed deportation of several students from India for falsification of their visa papers. We do not believe they intended to deceive the NZ government in this way. “Having looked at their situation it seems to us that these students have been duped by unscrupulous immigration agents in India. In a previous similar cases we understand that where documentation had been deemed falsified by immigration agents then the group was allowed to stay.” Archbishop Philip Richardson said. This points to an inconsistency in policy and an unfair treatment of this group of students. The students were up-to- date with course fees at their educational establishments. They could not draw NZ benefits because they are not citizens or residents. Most of them were tax-paying workers according to their visa conditions and they …
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Major changes at Auckland’s Catholic Cathedral

By Karen / January 31, 2017
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  First Maori priest to become Dean of a Catholic cathedral in Aotearoa New Zealand On Wednesday 1 February at 7.30 pm, Father Peter Tipene will be installed as Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland in a colourful ceremony conducted by the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, in the presence of a large congregation which will include the Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff. Fr Peter will take up his appointment at the cathedral this coming Waitangi Day weekend, and will replace popular Auckland priest, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, who has presided at the cathedral for the past 18 years and is now moving to the parish of Balmoral. Father Peter Tipene comes to the cathedral after serving as parish priest of the Owairaka parish for the past 6 years.  He comes from a well-known Hokianga family, and is the grand-nephew of the late Dame Whina Cooper. There are strong historical and …
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