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Film Review - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The first of two films based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy.

Elephant in the living room

A think piece on family violence in New Zealand, by Chris Frazer.

a shepherd and his sheep

Spare the rod

According to Scriptures, the ‘rod’ is not for punishing, but for comforting and guiding. Ingrid Barratt examines a biblical view of authority, and finds that God sides with the powerless.

Do you care about persecuted Christians?

When you talk about social justice, how often do you think about the injustices faced by your fellow Christians around the world?

Terry Murray

Giving back to the community

Terry Murray loves giving back to the community as a Family Store manager.

Lesley and Sophie Elliot

Loves Me Not

In 2008, Lesley Elliott lived every parent’s nightmare when her daughter, Sophie, was murdered by an ex-boyfriend. This year, Lesley won the Women of Influence Awards, for her campaign to educate young people about the signs of partner abuse.

a Say no to violence campaign T shirt

Saying no to violence

Every person who doesn’t resort to violence in their home is making a difference to the future of people’s lives. Every person who encourages someone to seek help is making a difference

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Take the pledge

The couple on the front cover of this edition is Colonels Barbara and Willis Howell, who arrived in New Zealand from the USA a few months ago. Both are passionate about the White Ribbon campaign, which culminates with White Ribbon Day on 25th November.

Trade Me Property team

Businesses go the distance for the homeless

Salvation Army partners took to the streets on 10 October - World Homeless Day - sleeping rough to raise money for the homeless.

image from the film Interstellar

Film Review - Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi epic is a mind bending journey through time, space and emotion.

2 childen with tin can phones

Be a good listener

Most of us think we’re good listeners—but stats tell us that we remember much more about what we say in a conversation, than what the other person has said.

a dad helping his daughter with homework

Helping Kids with Homework

Homework can be a battleground, but here are some tips for getting on schedule and even making it (gasp!) fun—for you and them.

 a man sitting by a window

Coming home to God

Spiritual retreats can be defining moments in our spiritual journey says Heather Rodwell.

Eva Hopkins

If I rest, I rust

At 87, dedicated Salvationist Eva Hopkins of Invercargill has no plans to retire.

Author Rob Harley on his Harley Davidson motorbike

Heaven, Hell and Harley Davidsons

Big, bad motorbikes have become a metaphor for Rob’s evolving spiritual journey, reflected in his latest series, The Survivors Guide to Hell, Part Two.

a crazy fisherman

Renewed hope

Brenton Millar on why renewed hope is a powerful thing.

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Matters of life and death

This weekend a 29-year-old American woman called Brittany Maynard plans to die. Brittany has an inoperable brain tumour and lives in a US state that permits assisted suicide. She has decided to die the day after celebrating her husband’s birthday.

an image from the movie Whiplash

Film Review - Whiplash

A film of the year contender charting the relationship between a promising young drummer and his abusive, obsessive music instructor.

male and female symbols denoting same sex

Same-sex attitude survey

In June, 1267 people completed the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory’s Same-Sex Attitudes Survey.

2014 Thought matters conference crowd

Thought Matters attracts largest crowd

This year’s Thought Matters conference was the most popular in its eight-year history, with 104 people attending.