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Youth Delegation to Kiribati

In late 2014, President Anote Tong of Kiribati and his policy advisor Andrew Teem responded to a question, “What can Kiwis do to help I-Kiribati in the face of climate change?”

The answer was to tell people about Kiribati. “Many people do not know we exist. Many people do not know that we are effected by climate change. We need help to adapt and to migrate in dignity when the time comes… Bring people to Kiribati, people of influence. Tell our story.”

Since then, Damaris Kingdon with the support of the Sydney based Pacific Calling Partnership, (ER Justice Centre) has worked to assemble a youth delegation to go to Kiribati.


In February 2017, a group of 6 young people will will head to this stunning Pacific country that covers  3.5 million sq/kms of ocean, clinging to life on 33 tiny atolls.

Led by David Tong, executive officer of P3, the team is made up of the following members: Maddie Little – Community Development student at Victoria University, Devon Hanna – Photographer and Community Studies Masters student at Auckland University, Juan Ma – Videographer and documentary maker at Mediaworks, Benjamin Brooking – Freelance videographer and musician Jamie McDell,  will travel together with Phil Glendenning and other members of the Pacific Calling Partnership to investigate what an answer to President Tong’s request might look like in physical reality.

In way of preparation, the P3 + PCP delegation has connected up with Rae Bainteti and the Kiribati Children’s campaigners.  Together they are raising funding to first bring a group of young I-Kiribati to New Zealand next month and then the Kiwi delegation out to Kiribati in return.


Donate here to help the this wonderfully unique I-Kirbati team  come to New Zealand.

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ER Volunteer in India

On the way to Tezpur in Assam, women work in the rice paddy fields.

On the way to Tezpur in Assam, India

Assam is part of a large territory belonging to India that rests between Bangladesh, Bhutan to the north and Myanmar to the East. The access to this region from India is a narrow corridor  landmarked by Darjeeling approximately 600 kms north of Kolkata.

Helen Mulheron

Helen Mulheron has now been volunteering with the Christian Brother Communities for numerous months of each year for the past four years.  Helen is a highly qualified music teacher sharing her skills in schools and has also lead the ER Reflection Group in Oamaru, NZ for over decade.


St Peter’s raises big funds for Syrian Refugees in Dunedin

St. Peter’s College in Auckland have generously chosen the Dunedin former refugees as the focus for their mission fundraising this year.  To date the students have raised over $8,000 in funds to provide the former refugees with resettlement assistance.  And they are not done yet!  They will be working hard in the next two terms to raise more funds. Jodi Kuran, teacher on the philosophy and theology faculty, and Damaris Kingdon, coordinator for the Edmund Rice network, were in Dunedin this month to make a connection with some of the people working on the ground with the former refugees; Fr. Ivica Gregurec (Anglican priest on the Dunedin Churches Welcome Refugees committee) and Pat Robertson (Red Cross Volunteer).


Photo and Article provided from the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin News. Link to original article here. News

Br Richie Glen

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GLEN, Rev. Brother Richard (Richie). CFC. On August 6, 2016 peacefully at Rannerdale Veterans’ Care Home in Christchurch, aged 93 years. Richard was a much loved member of the Christian Brothers’ community of Wharenui Road, Riccarton, Christchurch. Richard was the second son of the late John and Esther Glen. Brother and brother-in-law of the late Peter and Stephanie, brother of the late Rosina (Sr. Stephena RSM), Joseph and Joan (Auckland), Esther and the late Reg McLellan (Mosgiel). A much loved uncle and grand-uncle of his many nephews, nieces, grand- nephews and grand-nieces. The Glen Family and the Christian Brothers wish to sincerely thank all the staff at Rannerdale Veterans’ Care Home, the staff of The Christchurch Doctors and the home care nurses who looked after Br. Richie so devotedly during his last months. Rest in Peace. Messages to Christian Brothers, 24B Wharenui Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, 8041. The Requiem Mass for Br. Richard will be Celebrated at Our Lady of Victories Church, 106 Main South Road, Sockburn, Christchurch on Wednesday, August 10, at 1.00pm. Followed by interment at the Waimairi Cemetery, Grahams Road, Burnside. A Vigil service will be held for Richard on Tuesday, at 7.00pm, in the Bishop Joyce Centre, next to Our Lady of Victories Church, Sockburn, Christchurch. John Rhind Funeral Directors. FDANZ 03-379-9920

Published in The New Zealand Herald on Aug. 8, 2016– See more at NZ Herald.

Pacific Calling Partnership – Edmund Rice Justice Sydney

The Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) of the Edmund Rice Justice Centre in Sydney runs and annual advocacy training programme for young people from Kiribati and Tuvalu called KATEP (Kiribati Australia Tuvalu Exchange Program).
The following is a link to an article in the  Newcastle Herald from the
14the June about KATEP participants visit to Newcastle and its coal assets. There is a Poll attached to the article which we would appreciate everyone signing.

Marita McInerney – PCP Volunteer


Photo of KATEP participants by the Newcastle Herald

Books for Te Puea Marae – Housing Auckland’s homeless families

Would you like to support Te Puea Marae?

The University Book Shop has proposed:

From  June 10th – 18th for every book purchased for Te Puea Marae, UBS will donate a book of the same value.

We will be collecting the books in store, so simply let our staff know you wish to make a donation.

To purchase books online  or over the phone 09 3062700

Just Make sure you note it is for Te Puea Marae books will be delivered to Te Puea on your behalf after June 18th.

Please feel free to share this email with those colleagues and friends that you think would like to participate,Unknown

Christian Brothers 140 Years in New Zealand

Christian Brother’s Schools in New Zealand  By Br Graeme Donaldson CFC

On 24 April 1876, the Christian Brothers of Ireland opened their first school in Rattray St. Dunedin with Irish Brother Fursey Bodkin as Principal. Fifty-one years later in 1927, a boarding school, St Kevin’s College, Redcastle, North Oamaru, began with Irish Brother Felix Magee the first Rector.

In 1928, a day school for boys, St Patrick’s opened in town with Brother Norbet Moore as Principal.

It was to be the North Island that the Brothers moved for their fourth school, St Peter’s College, Grafton, Auckland. The school opened on 6 February 1939 with Australian Brother Pius O’Driscoll as Principal.

A second southern school, St Edmund’s opened in 1949 in South Dunedin with Australian Brother Xavier Webster as Principal.

In 1959, New Zealand became a self-governing Province from Australia.

Another South Island school, St Thomas of Canterbury opened in Sockburn, Christchurch in 1961 with New Zealander Brother Ignatius McClintock as Principal.

A second North Island School, Edmund Rice College in Rotorua was opened following the request of Archbishop Liston for a Catholic School in the area in 1963. Brother Antonine Sullivan from Timaru was the first Principal and it was a Form 1 – 7 school (Year 7 – 13).

In 1964, with the expansion of the new buildings in Rattray Street Dunedin, Christian Brothers High School became St Paul’s High School with Dunedin Brother Malachy Hessian as Principal.

The Primary school became Christian Brother’s Junior School on the original site in Tennyson St, with Br Des Waight from Roxburgh, as Principal.

A second Auckland School, Liston College opened in Henderson, West Auckland with Aucklander, Brother Gary Wellsmore as Principal.

The co-educational mission school for the New Zealand Province, St Joseph’s Nukutere College, was established in Raratonga, in 1976 at the request of Bishop Denis Browne (ex-St Peter’s Auckland). The first Principal was Brother Terry McErlane from Dunedin.

In 1982, a Mass Centre and St John’s School with Form 1 and 2 (Year 7 and 8) boy pupils from St Patrick’s School in town, was established on the lower property of St Kevin’s College, Oamaru. Brother Des Hill was the Principal.

Further Development came in 1983 when St Kevin’s College Oamaru combined with the former Dominican schools, St Patrick’s, Teschemakers and St Thomas’ of Oamaru, to become a co-educational school with Brother Joe Lauren as Rector.

In 1989, further development occurred with the forming of Kavanagh College, Dunedin, named after Bishop John Kavanagh, who did so much for the integration of Catholic Schools in New Zealand.

Kavanagh College was formed by St Paul’s High School combining with Moreau College. Moreau College had become a combined Girl’s High School when St Dominic’s combined with St Philomena’s in 1976 and was named after the first resident priest in Dunedin, Father Moreau.

Form 1 and 2 (Year 7 and 8) pupils from the primary schools became part of Kavanagh College, which was established as a Form 1 to Form 7 school (Year 7 – 13). The junior classes used the site of Moreau College, and the senior pupils were at Rattray Street while new buildings were being constructed.

The former St Edmund’s School building became St Patrick’s Primary School

Catholic Primary Schools became feeder schools to the new Kavanagh College Brother Vincent Jury of Auckland was the first Principal of Kavanagh College.

A reunion of these schools will take place in Dunedin on the weekend of 8 – 10 July 2016.

Registrations to G Morris: Email


 Brother G Donaldson: 20a Grove ST, St Kilda, Dunedin 9012.    Telephone: 03 456 5040

Closing date for registrations is 16 June 2016.