From August 23-25 this year, the Australasian Catholic Press Association is having its annual conference at Rydges Hotel in Auckland. The theme for the conference is “Communicating for our Common Home”.
The Common Home theme is drawn from the 2015 encyclical letter by Pope Francis “Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home”. As does the encyclical, the conference links care for the environment with care for people who live in that environment.
The conference will be attended by 40-60 people, mostly editors and senior reporters from Catholic publications in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
On August 24, from 10.45am to 11.25am, a three-person panel presentation/discussion on a topic related to the conference theme will be held. The topic theme will be: "Communicating in the Asia-Pacific Region":
Hannah Butler is communications manager at New Zealand Red Cross.
Dr David Robie of professor of communication studies and Pacific journalism, and director of the Pacific Media Centre.
Lincoln Tan is The New Zealand Herald's diversity, ethnic affairs and immigration senior reporter.