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The footprint of faith - Ps Alfred Ngaro

Elim Church Christchurch - City

30mins

30 May 2021

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Alfred Ngaro: National Party wants attendance limits for religious services lifted

Politics Central

The National Party is pushing for religious gatherings to get the green light at alert level two.At level two, religious gatherings are limited to 10 people.National MP and pastor Alfred Ngaro told The Weekend Collective there was no rational explanation from the Government to why churches couldn't have more than 10 people."If there was one flat rule for all, then no one would be arguing."He says the country obeyed the level four and level three rules for seven weeks, and people shouldn't be told they can't go back to Church, when restaurants, gyms and retail can operate."We don't live in a dictatorship, we live in a democracy, and the very thing that democracy is based on is the freedom of choice."Earlier this week, the limit for attendees at funerals were increased from 10 to 50. Last year, Ngaro decided against launching a new political party with a religious focus, that was seen as an attempt to give National a potential coalition partner for this year's election.

8mins

17 May 2020

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Alfred Ngaro: National Party wants attendance limits for religious services lifted

The Weekend Collective

The National Party is pushing for religious gatherings to get the green light at alert level two.At level two, religious gatherings are limited to 10 people.National MP and pastor Alfred Ngaro told The Weekend Collective there was no rational explanation from the Government to why churches couldn't have more than 10 people."If there was one flat rule for all, then no one would be arguing."He says the country obeyed the level four and level three rules for seven weeks, and people shouldn't be told they can't go back to Church, when restaurants, gyms and retail can operate."We don't live in a dictatorship, we live in a democracy, and the very thing that democracy is based on is the freedom of choice."Earlier this week, the limit for attendees at funerals were increased from 10 to 50. Last year, Ngaro decided against launching a new political party with a religious focus, that was seen as an attempt to give National a potential coalition partner for this year's election.

8mins

17 May 2020

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2019-10-20 Interview: Hon Alfred Ngaro

Real Life with John Cowan

John Cowan interviews National List MP, Hon Alfred Ngaro.

24mins

21 Oct 2019

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Andrew Dickens: Alfred Ngaro's Christian Party feels it was ordered from a catalogue

Andrew Dickens Afternoons

How easy are we?Last week, Alfred Ngaro was some half remembered former Cabinet Minister who had slunk into invisibility in opposition.  From time to time pictures came out of the opposition benches and Alfred Ngaro would catch the eye with his shock of silver hair, looking just  like Mike McRoberts long lost twin brother. But that was last week.  How things have changed while we’ve been played.Barry Soper wrote an article bringing to light the rumours that had swirled for a while. That Alfred would split off from the National Party and form a conservative Christian party.It made sense. Alfred has always trumpeted his Christianity, called himself a Zionist and claimed to have been a pastor.But Barry’s article went further, suggesting that National could cut a deal for Alfred and his new party along the lines of the deal with ACT.  The electorate of Botany was mentioned. And this also made sense as National is desperate for coalition partners.Now, the Botany deal has been gently denied by National but that doesn’t matter because mentioning Botany was a stroke of genius.  It fired up the incumbent independent Jami-Lee Ross who dutifully went into attack mode against the party that isolated him. Ross scanned Alfred’s social media for a weapon and he found it: Alfred lightly conflated abortion with the word holocaust.  A powerful, emotionally laden word that rises heckles in many.So bang.  Alfred’s in the paper again for a second day.  He refuses to apologise but mitigates the word saying he should have said the tragedy of abortion and then double downs on his long held belief that abortion is a crime.  He has always opposed moving abortion out of the Crimes Act.So bang again. Many feminists rail against that attitude and put their argument, seemingly oblivious to the fact that people whose mind is set on keeping abortion criminal will never change their view. Alfred doesn’t mind.  His name is in the public sphere again.Meanwhile, Simon Bridges is on the radio with Mike Hosking talking about Alfred.This is all politics 101.  The trick is to get other people talking about you and Alfred has done that all week long. Holey Moley.  I’m doing it now!But it’s all so seemingly calculating.  It doesn’t feel as though this so called party has emerged organically from a significant sector of like-minded individuals. It feels like a political party you order from a catalogue.While Alfred may get the 500 members needed and the organisation together in the 18 months he has before the next election, it will still seem to me like a ruse from the National Party. And if it works and three or so members of this new party take a seat in parliament, there will still be a feeling that all the other people who started parties themselves were gypped.  The Colin Craigs and the Gareth Morgans.  That their two or three per cent of supporters were democratically disenfranchised.So personally, if you think a conservative party is needed and you’d like to support one, then the one I like is the New Conservatives who have done the hard yards by themselves and look pretty prepared really and are not some party you buy in a flat pack and assemble yourself or a party you buy from a takeaways.

5mins

22 May 2019

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Alex Mason: Alfred Ngaro not commenting on new party speculation

The Sunday Session with Francesca Rudkin

National MP Alfred Ngaro won't comment on speculation he is planning on splitting off from National to form his own Christian conservative party.But he would not rule out the prospect of forming a new party, responding to speculation by saying he would comment on the issue when he's ready. Asked this morning if he was planning on launching a new party, he repeatedly refused to comment."I'm not making any comments – but when I do, you will know," he told the Herald at the Lower North Island National Party Conference in Wellington.Ngaro did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Friday."When I decide to make a comment, I'll make a comment. But right now, I'm not making any comment," he said this morning.On Friday, ZB reported that talks were underway regarding Ngaro setting up a setting up a new party, focused on socially conservative issues.Ngaro is a former Cabinet minister and has strong ties to the Christian community. He studied at Bible College and was a pastor before becoming an MP in 2011.It had been speculated that National could do a deal with Ngaro, whereby it would make it clear it supported Ngaro winning the seat – much like it has done with ACT in Epsom.A spokeswoman for National leader Simon Bridges said on Friday that there had been "no discussions about deals in seats going on".

5mins

18 May 2019