Welcome to the Religious Diversity Centre in Aotearoa New Zealand!

News updates:  

Term 1 2018 classes begin the week of Monday 12 February 2018. Registration and payment for all RDC classes can now be made directly one 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.

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.

Dr Paul Weller, Professor of Inter-Religious Relations at the University of Derby in the UK, will be conducting a series of workshops for the Religious Diversity Centre in March 2018. For more information, and to register, see our Upcoming Events page or click here.

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