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Educational programmes, professional development training, 'Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Workshops', for schools, community, religious and government organisations


Reliable information and analysis using evidence-based research

Expert Advice

Guidance for policymakers and media organisations in relation to religious diversity issues, and the encouragement and facilitation of inter and intra religious dialogue for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

ANNOUNCEMENT: RDC 2020 Calendars Now Available!

The 2020 Religious Diversity Calendar for Aotearoa New Zealand is a helpful resource, that illustrates the diversity of our country using both dates and images. 

Orders can be made by emailing the centre administrator, bex@rdc.org.nz.

The cost is $15 each, +$5 p&p. for up to five copies or $10 p&p for up to ten copies. Payment can be made by cheque or by banking – details provided upon placement of order.

Our Purpose:

The goal of the RDC is to foster appreciation, understanding and deeper relationships among the religious, spiritual and secular communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. This will ensure that New Zealand is an inclusive and safe society, where understanding and respect can lead us to a productive future in diversity.

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, Emeritus Professor of 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

site last updated November 2019.

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