NZ Odyssey
Mar19

NZ Odyssey

This is a report by Bro. Ian Mackey (PM Oxford LOL 213) and his wife who had a wonderful holiday in New Zealand in February and early March of this year. They drove the length of NZ from Piahai in the north to Te Anau in the south (a distance of 1,996.2 km by road Plus an interisland ferry or 1248.5 km if flying direct). “Thankfully the weather was kind to us. We visited Katikati – the Ulster settlement. At the Katikati museum the...

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Part 4 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand
Mar09

Part 4 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand

In the last 3 articles we have covered the gulf between existing members and the younger population who are needed to preserve and continue the Orange Order in New Zealand. The relevant observations identified are: New Zealand is a secular country and religion is no longer a driving force for joining the order. In fact, practicing Protestant numbers are declining. The question for getting younger members to join depends on finding a...

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Part 3 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand
Mar02

Part 3 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand

From last article (http://brch.me/op92) we made a number of observations: That the younger generation live in a mobile-on-demand world and communicate in a “SoMoVid” form (social media, mobile & video) fashion The indifference of the younger generation to following their parents example because only 36% predict they will be better off than their parents The majority (77%) want to be involved in “good causes” but they need business...

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Part 2 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand
Feb23

Part 2 of Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand

Note from the author: We are producing this series of articles with the end goal of education fellow Protestants as to the benefits of joining the order. Firstly if you haven’t read the first article then take the time to read the article at (http://brch.me/op91) From the feedback we have received it appears that attracting new members, especially younger members is not only a problem in New Zealand, but is occurring elsewhere as...

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Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand
Feb16

Why the Orange Order is struggling in New Zealand

Most New Zealanders are religiously ignorant in contrast to the fact that 84 per cent of the world does identify with a faith or religion. New Zealand is a secular country, and as such we receive little or no religious education. To put this in perspective, the majority of New Zealander’s have no understanding of the causes of the Troubles in Ireland, or why the Middle East in such a mess, or what on earth is Ramadan. Why is this...

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