My advice: don’t let the Secular Education Network nor Bible in Schools near your kids

The Secular Education Network (SEN) has awoken from its year long sleep to again stoke the  public’s fear of its children being indoctrinated by Bible in Schools into that most awful of institutions, Christianity; pray that SEN may drive off these do-gooders so that your children can return to chat groups frequented by men masquerading… Read More My advice: don’t let the Secular Education Network nor Bible in Schools near your kids

Leviticus, earthquakes and Brian Tamaki’s lust for punishment

Always looking for a helpful angle to keep you interested in a story, the New Zealand Herald decided that mere suffering and pain wouldn’t suffice to keep you interested in the Kaikōura earthquake, so decided a dose of outrage was needed and decided to report on the strange, strange world of Bishop Brian Tamaki and… Read More Leviticus, earthquakes and Brian Tamaki’s lust for punishment

Bond the Holy Fool

[My article first appeared in Geez Magazine|Summer 2016. May I wholeheartedly encourage you to go to their website and subscribe. There are way better writers than me just waiting for you there.] Goldeneye was the first James Bond film in which M, the head of British intelligence, was played by a woman. In her first… Read More Bond the Holy Fool

New Zealand’s 2015: the year we hid from a world in need

The long fragrant grass is yellowing out the open door, life burning off exposed to our southern sun. A quiet breeze dances with stubbornly green trees and a few sheep regard me thoughtfully as they chew cud. The strangely dramatic music of children’s programming competes with the stereo for attention and children struggle with each… Read More New Zealand’s 2015: the year we hid from a world in need

Replacing the cross with the dollar in youth work: the rise of capitalism in youth services

Youth workers are important. With rising inequality in our country exacerbating dysfunctionality in our communities and families, youth workers alongside social workers, therapists, community workers and others in the caring industries can be the repairing glue in broken relationships. My views come from my work in different communities and it means I am keenly interested in the training… Read More Replacing the cross with the dollar in youth work: the rise of capitalism in youth services

Ruatara’s Mission: 200 years since the first Christian service in Aotearoa through Māori eyes

Article originally written for the Salvation Army’s War Cry Issue 6606 Christmas 2014. On 12 April 1799, the Society for Missions to Africa and the East (later renamed the Church Missionary Society) was founded at a meeting of the Eclectic Society, supported by members of the Clapham Sect, including Henry Thornton, Thomas Babington and William… Read More Ruatara’s Mission: 200 years since the first Christian service in Aotearoa through Māori eyes