Daily Archives: February 17, 2012

Salvation Army: The Growing Divide

Like a number of other religious and non-religious organisations, [the Salvation Army] are the embodiment of Martin Luther King’s observation that, while we are called to be Good Samaritans, after we lift so many people out of the ditch we start to wonder whether the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved.

### ODT Online Fri, 17 Feb 2012
Opinion: Straight talking on social justice
By Andrew Bradstock
Religious commitment is a powerful inspiration to act for social justice, writes Andrew Bradstock, of Dunedin. Today, the Salvation Army releases its 2012 “state of the nation” report. Called The Growing Divide, the report will be launched in four locations, with the Dunedin event hosted by the University of Otago Centre for Theology and Public Issues. Last year, the university signed a “memorandum of understanding” with the Salvation Army, and today’s event demonstrates the developing relationship between the two bodies. Now in their fifth year, these Salvation Army reports present an overview of New Zealand society, focusing on children’s health and wellbeing; work and income; housing; crime and punishment; and “social hazards” like alcohol, drug use and gambling. This year’s report examines the key indicators of the growing inequality in our nation.
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• Andrew Bradstock is Howard Paterson professor of theology and public issues at the University of Otago and director of the University’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues.

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> The Growing Divide (PDF, 924KB)

The Growing Divide and previous State of the Nation reports are available to view at: The Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit

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Does the insolvent ORFU deserve any more community support?

Where are Mr Farry and friends when you really need them? Dunedin City Council shouldn’t touch this one with a barge pole, but that sentiment is a little too late.

### ODT Online Fri, 17 Feb 2012
ORFU is teetering but no bail-out
By Steve Hepburn
The Otago Rugby Football Union is set to post a loss of “several hundred thousand dollars” and admits it cannot pay creditors. It is calling on the support of the community to get out of a “very serious position”, and says a bail-out from the national body is not an option.
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[partial clarification]
“Mr Graham confirmed that part of the $7 million received from the Dunedin City Council for the sale of Carisbrook went to pay a loan for houses owned by the union. The union had bought houses around Carisbrook years ago as ground expansion was proposed. It formed a trust to own the houses. When Carisbrook was sold in August 2009, $1 million of the sale price was diverted to the trust to pay off loans on the houses.” -ODT

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