Methodist Public Issues,
PO Box 12-090, Thorndon,
Wellington, New Zealand
Ph +64 4 473 2627
Fax +64 4 473 2624
Formerly Public Questions Network
Public Issues Convening Group
President: Setaita Taumoepeau K Vaikune
Vice President: Nicola Grundy Arapera Ngaha, Betsan Martin, Mataiva Robertson, Soana Muimuiheata, Peter Lane, Marion Hines, Elisapesi Havea, Joeli Ducivaki, Siniva Isaia, Viv Whimster, David Bush (General Secretary)
Public Issues and Climate Justice Work Map
Ecumenical Climate Justice. COVID-19 recovery projects and investments should support climate change goals for cutting back on carbon. We propose 6 areas for for the additional $20b budget Letter to Prime Minister
Covid-19 Recovery Fast Tack Consenting bill - Submission to address Climate Change and Pacific Peoples Climate Justice proposals for the post COVID-19 Recovery - Letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Climate Change Workshop
13 March 2020 Auckland
Report - See Resources. The graph below depicts the complex multidimensional aspects of climate change. The focus of workshop was on identifying how to plan to lower emissions for the church as an organization - the red part in the middle of the diagram. This will contribute to preparation for policy.
To bring together Leaders of the church to develop a shared approach to climate justice which will include policy and practical responses. Practical actions may be for the Connexion as a whole, and for committees, parishes, social services, education, administration and for any church entity. We will seek initiatives as examples, or case studies to inspire further action over time.
A shared understanding of climate justice for the church, with priorities for action identified.
Leaders invited to identify pathways for achieving contributions to climate justice, including participating in base-line measuring as a first step in gatheringinformation on our emissions profile.
Climate Change Workshop group, Franciscan Friary, 13 March 2020
Calendars may be purchased at $20 each. Bulk orders for 10 or more cost $15 each. A contribution from sales will be made for solar panels in Methodist Solomon Islands project, through Mission and Ecumenical.
Calendars are available in English, Samoan, Tongan, Fijian.
See Order Form for further information.
Minister James Shaw celebrating the Zero Carbon Act with Generation Zero:
David Tong, James Young-Drew James Shaw and Lisa McLaren
Methodist Alliance Forum Nov 2019
Forum discussions led by Makerita Makapelu and Kena Duigan, Wesley Community Action
WCC Governance and Economy of Life course, Jakarta, Indonesia August 2019
See Resources for review of GEM by Betsan Martin
Photos of GEM participants, discussion group on global governance and finance with resource person Marie-Aimeé Tourres.
Course leaders Athena Peralta, Isabel Phira (WCC) Peter Cruchley (CWM). Visit to a community living on railway tracks
Climate Change (Zero Carbon) Amendment 2019 bill
gives a framework for implementing a Commission, setting budgets and targets, and
for 20150 goals for long lived gases and methane and nitrogen. Adaptation is
included but with no clarity on implementation except to propose it is through the
Commission. The Treaty of Waitangi is included in amendments with reference to
taking account of Maori and iwi. It does not offer a specific structure for a
Treaty framework, not specific outcomes for Maori.
Effects on Maori, working people, regions needed a commitment to climate
transitions accountabilities across all sectors. We needed workforce development
and diversification strategy. It needs plans
for Just Transitions.
through more detail, the commitment to reducing methane by 10% by 2030 is too weak.
A stronger ambition is needed to start the turn around on emissions. See 'Resources for further comment. Submission on the bill for your reference, comments and use.
Soup, science and Submissions - at Wesley Taranaki St, Wellington
Just Transitions - Taranaki - some images
Kate Raworth and Chlöe Swarbrick - book launch Doughnut economics for 21st Century economics. Kate Warworth explaining regenerative circular economy
Christchurch: Mourning for Deaths and Violence. Kindness and Solidarity for Muslim communities
'Mourning'. Statement by President Setaita Taumoepeau K. Veikune
Wai-tangi - the call of water. See 'Resources' for Wai-tangi - Whanganui River as a legal person.
Waitangi, by JoAnna Mere, Exhibition Tutere Gallery,Waikanae. Jan 2019
Public Issues Oversight Group Dec 2018
Public Issues Oversight Group Meeting Dec 2018. Marion Hines, Elisapesi Havea, Prince Devandan, Nicola Grundy, Betsan Martin, Soana Muimuiheata, Mataiva Robertson, Asaeli Tulangi, Peter Lane. (David Bush present remotely). (Apologies Joeli Ducivaki, Viv Whimster, President Setaita)
'Our church's faith based values are unique. Our approach to climate justice then comes from love as well as just moral obligation
Climate justice ensures that those with fewer resources are not further disadvantaged by changes in living costs, energy costs and jobs, and able to participate in and benefit from changes to a zero carbon economy.'
'#Me Too: Troubling Sexual Abuse in Scriptures' Trinity College Principal Revd. Dr Nasili Vaka'uta fronted up to sexual violence in society, in the church and in scriptures at Conference 2018.
#Me Too is a global movement of solidarity against sexual violence - which has a profile in Pacific nations and in Aotearoa New Zealand. For example in Tonga:
- 68% of Tongan women and girls are affected by physical violence perpetrated by mainly their fathers or teachers
In Aotearoa New Zealand
- Up to 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault as an adult. - For Maori girls and women, the likelihood of sexual violence is nearly twice as high as the general population.
Patriarchal narratives are embedded in many familiar Scriptures - where blame is placed on women to cover up sexual violence. Hagar and Lot's daughters both need to be re-read for these distorting narratives.
Revd. Nasili's presentation was one of the three from Trinity theologians. Dr Emily Colgan and Revd Dr Jione Havea who presented on supremacist narratives with re-reading with women's perspectives and Pacific theological re-visioning beyond theological orthodoxy. Conference 2018
President Setaita, Revd. Dr Arapera Ngaha
Earth Theology with Emily Colgan - See resources box for her presentation and John Thornley's reflection on earth-theology.
Wellbeing - Public Issues Review and Questions as multiple ministries design and invite us to 'have our say' on intergenerational wellbeing
Public Issues at Select Committee on Child Poverty Reduction
For the Public issues presentation on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill at Select Committee , Betsan was joined by Rev. Professor Nokise, to bring a particular focus Pacific families. See Notes of Nokise and outline of the issues raised in the Public Issues presentation
The main purpose of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill is for the government to set Measures and Targets for reducing poverty. Public Iss
ues proposed using the main measure of 60% of the median income is $49,900; and 60% of that is $29,000. The Living Wage is $54,000.P
Revd. Nokise spoke of Pacific New Zealanders and their particular identity and contributions to NZ.. We ask 'What are indicators of wellbeing for Pacific people?
· We mentioned Income to enable generosity, Recognition of dedication to community and church
N Needing attention: Incomes, Housing, Family Violence and Suicide
We supported a cross party agreement for child poverty to make sure that reducing poverty is not undone by changes in government. National Party wants a more targeted, social investment approach which is possible within a wellbeing focus .
New Creation - Faith and Finance, Property and People
The Methodist Church's consultation on climate guidelines for the church is under way with parish groups, MTA, Prope
rty Committees. and Synods. Summary and Backgrounder - in preparation for Conference. See 'Resources' for the Summary and Backgrounder.
Churches and Church Leaders Speak Together on Climate Action. 5 June 2017
President Prince and Tumuaki Diana (Methodist), Archbishop Winston Halapua (Polynesia), Archbishop Philip, Bishop Kito, Bishop Justin, (Anglican); Cardinal John (Catholic), Moderator Richard Dawson (Presbyterian) gave commentary for our Media release.
Greenpeace unfurls banner above Parliament 6 June 2017 Questions to Hon Steven Joyce at NZCCSS Budget Breakfast 29 May 2017.
For the 500th Anniversary of Luther and the Reformation, there has been a dialogue for reconciliation between the Lutheran and Catholic churches. President Prince attended the liturgical celebration at the Catholic Cathedral, Wellington on 4th June.
Alternatively contact Betsan Martin for a hard copy
Fresh ideas for theology, worship and practical activities come from contributors to this resource. Elisapesi Havea brings a feature on the Pacific,using 'Fatongia', responsibility, as an ethical value
Joining with others is important and our Christian values bring a special quality to working with groups in our communities.
We would like to hear your ideas for the church and climate action - please share points from your discussions with Public Issues.
Climate for Churches video presentations with Professor James Renwick, Climate Scientist; Dr Adrian Macey, Climate Policy; Koreti Tiumalu, Pacific 350.Org; Su'a William Sio MP Mangere; panel discussion led by Rod Oram, Business journalist.
Living Wage Carols for Wellington City Council
Rev. Motokiai leads Prayers at Living Wage Christmas gathering
See Resources page for research and presentation notes on Sustainable Development Goals
New circulation - summaries of valuable articles and issues which are too long to read! Frances Palmer, and Arthur Palmer contribute to Public Issues Network with these accessible items. Frances has a special interest in Climate, and matters of Peace.
US Election(which I have avoided writing about!) - by Arthur Palmer
family socializing with practical help – a café where children and families bring their broken things and get them fixed.
Organized by Community Developments worker Stephen McLuckie and Dale Kelly of Takapuna Parish.
The full story tells of the organizing behind the scenes to make this a community venture
Photos by Yvonne Powle
Dame Anne Salmond steps into the state of Freshwater standards in NZ and the water crisis in the Hawkes Bay. This article published in the NZ Herald raises questions around the current state of fresh water in New Zealand: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11700128
Revd. Carolyn Kelly and Alex Johnson, leading worship
Hon Su'a Willian Sio, MP 'If We Save Tuvalu We Save the World'
Panel: Su'a William Sio, Koreti Tiamalu Pacific 350.Org, Dr Adrian Macey, Revd. Prince Devanandan, Rev Fusi, Betsan Martin
Tumuaki Revd. Diana Tana at Koroneihna, 10th Anniversary worship of Kingi Tuheitea, introducing the premier choral presentation of the Tongan Choir With President Tovia, Former President Rex Nathan, Superintendent Revd. Tevita Finau, President-elect Prince Devanandan
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An ecumenical Climate workshop hosted by Sinoti Samoa and Public Issues of the Methodist Church,and Anglican Diocesan Climate Action, 20th August, in Auckland.
An ecumenical climate justice workshop hosted by Sinoti Samoa, Public Issues of the Methodist Church for church people. Theology, Science, Youth, and policy will contribute to enabling climate justice responses. A video presentation on Laudato Si will be prepared by Cardinal John Dew and included, as Cardinal Dew will be travelling. The 350 Degrees Pacific Climate Warriors with bring inspiration on climate for youth.
Christian Conference of Asia - Meeting on Climate Change
With Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Si as the Centrepiece, theology, science, ethics were all topics for our discussions on earth, our sister, Pope Francis' term of endearment. Global interdependence underscores the widely held appreciation that we share one planet earth, our common home
The aspirational quality of Laudato Si has include regard for major imbalances, destruction and that for many people earth is a place of alienation and dislocation from home. Special issues for Asia highlight the more serious challenges for developing countries because developed countries have become post-industrial and outsourced manufacturing and industrial production to developing countries in favour of service based economies which are lower in carbon emissions and therefore more amendable to mitigation measures.
President Elect Prince, Tumuaki Diana, Public Issues, Betsan, CCA Intern Casey Fa'aui.
refers to Hagar and Ishmael as an ancient story of exile and estrangement from home in a way that evokes the millions of people displaced by war and climate induced drought that are seeking refuge in lands where they are estranged from their homes – and facing the hostility of unwelcoming host countries. There is theme of colonization Yet, this is partly because of internal estrangements of poverty, drought, and lack of work.
Resource Legislation SubmissiondraftMarch 2016 - Legislation to amend the Resource Management Act and other associated Acts. This submission emphasises ecological sustainability, stewardship, and public good interests for land, resources, water and development.
A Living Wage in New Zealand is $18.40 per hour. This dollar amount is intended to be enough for people to pay rent, buy food, run a car, have a computer, pay for insurance, for children to go on school trips and have a birthday party, to pay for childcare, make 2% contributions to KiwiSaver and eat out once per month. In other words, $18.50 is enough to support social participation.
Great! We have a benchmark based on a two parent and two child household. Many questions follow. What about larger families and whanau, aiga, fanau commitments? Why should employers pay a Living Wage? Does it make business sense? Which businesses will pay it? What about beneficiaries? How does Te Hahi Weteriana respond as an employer? The UK Methodist Church has a process to implement a Living Wage. Read More.... See article on NZ Living Wage by Prince Devandanden in Newsletter box.
Revs. Lynn Frith, Bishop Jim White and Margaret Mayman at Living Wage Launch, Auckland
Rev. Uesifili Unasa as MC of the Living Wage Launch in Auckland