Posts Tagged ‘Human Rights Commission’

NZ Human Rights Commission rejects religion-linked hate acts

Friday, August 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission had joined religious leaders in rejecting hateful acts linked to religion in this country and overseas. “We mourn the tragic, heartbreaking loss of all lives in the conflict in Gaza and Israel: but we must honour their lives by standing up for peace at all costs,” said Chief Human Rights Read more

School restarts religious lessons after complaints

Friday, March 21st, 2014

A group of Auckland primary school parents who took concerns about religious lessons to the Human Rights Commission are outraged Christian teaching will restart next term. At the start of the year, Roy Warren, whose 5-year-old son attends St Heliers School, originally complained to principal Craig McCarthny about the 30-minute sessions running during school time, Read more

Religious instruction in schools in spotlight again

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Christian education in state schools is in the spotlight again after to parents laid a complaint with the Human Rights Commission about bible lessons at St Heliers primary school in Auckland New Zealand. A third parent is considering laying a complaint as well. The Education Act allows a school to close for up to 60 Read more

Divided beliefs over Bible in the classroom

Friday, August 9th, 2013

One in three state primary and intermediate schools teaches religious instruction, according to a survey which has triggered debate over what children are being taught. Here, the chief of the Churches Education Commission, Simon Greening, and the survey’s author, David Hines, present their views: For Why should New Zealand primary schools continue to offer a Read more