Welcome to the Religious Diversity Centre in Aotearoa New Zealand!

News updates:  

Term 2 – 2018 classes begin the week of Monday 7 May 2018. Registration and payment for all RDC classes can now be made directly on our website using your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. More information on the Religious Diversity Classes for 2018 can be found on our ‘Courses’ ➔ ‘Classes’ link above, or click here for more information and to register and pay.

23 April 2018:  The Wellington Interfaith Council is pleased to announce the upcoming 2018 National Interfaith Forum (NIFF) to be held in Wellington from 28th through 30th July 2018. Further details will be announced in early May 2018. For more information, contact <wtgninterfaithcouncil@gmail.com> or check out their Facebook page at <www.facebook.com/Wellington-Interfaith>.

11 April 2018: RDC appoints new Board Members to the RDC Trust. At our recent AGM in March, new members Selva Ramasami (Hindu, Wellington) and Sensei Amala Wrightson (Buddhist, Auckland) were welcomed as new members of the Religious Diversity Centre Trust. Both have been exceptionally busy members of their respective communities and we look forward to their involvement in the activities and programmes of the RDC.

If you’re feeling generous today, think about making a Donation, or becoming a Friend of the RDC. To make a donation of any size, please visit our Donate page, or click here.

2018 RDC New Zealand Interfaith Calendars are still available, but there are only a handful left!  These make great gifts and help support the work on the Centre.  Check out the new ‘Store’ link above to order our Interfaith Calendars and Books on-line.

Please check out our Upcoming Events page for future talks, seminars, workshops and conferences sponsored or supported by the RDC.

The Religious Diversity Centre:

The Religious Diversity Centre is a national centre of educational and research excellence fostering an appreciation for and understanding of religious diversity amongst all New Zealanders.

Our Purpose:

To foster appreciation, understanding and deeper relationships among the religious, spiritual and secular communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and provide an independent and informed voice on religious and spiritual issues in the public sphere.


ʻʻThe world badly needs voices of reason and tolerance and those who will work to build dialogue and respect across faiths and beliefs. I do believe New Zealand can show the way.”
— Rt Hon Helen Clark, launching the Religious Diversity Centre in Parliament, 30 March 2016

ʻʻOur country is the 19th most religiously diverse country out of 232 countries in the world. The value of religious diversity needs to be consciously and positively developed. It can then be an enormous positive resource for social harmony and cohesion instead of becoming a threat or challenge.”
— Prof. Paul Morris, Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

ʻʻThe time has come for a Centre that ensures accurate information is available about New Zealand’s religious communities and the issues that impact on them—and on us all. If sound knowledge feeds into wide public discussion then quality policy-making can be achieved for the country.”
— Jocelyn Armstrong, Chair, Religious Diversity Centre Trust



page last updated 11 April 2018.