Posts Tagged ‘Religious diversity’

King Charles III pledges to protect all faiths

Monday, September 19th, 2022
King Charles

King Charles III has pledged to “protect the diversity of our country, including by protecting the space for faith itself”. Speaking to faith leaders at a reception at Buckingham Palace, Charles emphasised his own strong Christian faith. It is a position the new king has long held. As Prince of Wales, he said he wished Read more

New Zealand newborns’ surnames might surprise

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Few might guess at the 10 most common surnames given to New Zealand’s newborn’s last year. Our diversity is reflected in these 10 names, according to the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Jeff Montgomery. The most common surname across New Zealand last year was Singh, with just under 400 babies registered under that name. Read more

Sikhs in New Zealand have quadrupled in number since 2006

Monday, October 7th, 2019

​Sikhism is booming faster than any other major religion in New Zealand, having more than doubled its number of followers here since 2013 – and more than quadrupled since 2006. But the surge has not come without growing pains, Read more

Teach, but don’t preach

Thursday, September 19th, 2019
religion in school

“I’d get in trouble with a lot of my fellow Christian ministers, but in schools, we don’t need Christian religious education, we need people to be literate about the religions that are in New Zealand,” said  Anglican vicar John Hebenton, shortly after the Christchurch Mosque massacre. His voice is one a many that are calling Read more

New Zealand’s model for public religion

Monday, June 10th, 2019

After the response to the Christchurch murders, many Australians have looked more attentively to New Zealand for wisdom. Maori religious culture provides a way of exercising public religion. Public events include traditional Maori blessings, in which all are expected to join. Read more

Critics say Destiny Church gives God a bad name

Monday, April 29th, 2019
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The Destiny Church has been criticised for demonstrating outside the Al Noor Mosque in an attempt to reclaim Christchurch in the name of Jesus. The photo above shows Destiny Church Christchurch senior pastor Derek Marina Tait reaching out to a member of the Muslim community during the call to prayer and peace vigil at Hagley Park on Read more

NZers have a way to go with acceptance of diversity

Monday, April 15th, 2019

“Following March 15 we have had a little time to take a breath,” says the child and adolescent psychiatrist Hinemoa Elder. “A chance to look at some of the ways we need to remember and be remembered. “It is a line in the sand: This our baseline. The only way from here is up.” Elder Read more

Decline in religious studies problematic for creating social cohesion

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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The study of religion has rapidly fallen into decline in New Zealand universities says Massey University’s Dr Wil Hoverd. “This follows a general trend occurring across the country, where religious diversity has been collapsed into broader discussions of biculturalism, ethnic diversity and superdiversity.” He says the result has been that “we lack the expertise to Read more

Surge in interest in the Muslim faith following attacks

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Muslim leaders are welcoming the chance to dispel myths about the faith, as more Kiwis reach out. They’re reporting a surge of interest in the religion in the wake of the Christchurch attacks. Ikhlaq Kashkari, president of the New Zealand Muslim Association, is delighted. He says everyday Kiwis are entering mosques for the first time Read more

Muslim and Catholic schools perform haka and waiata in tribute

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

On the weekend, a Catholic school that lost one its old boys in the Christchurch mosque attack paid tribute by performing a haka and waiata. And on Wednesday At Al-Madinah School in Māngere, Auckland, a haka, prayer and waiata rang out at an assembly to remember those affected by the Christchurch mosque shootings. St Thomas of Read more