Upcoming Events



2018 Classes will continue on the following general schedule.

Term 1:  History and Development of Western (Abrahamic) Traditions. Begins Monday 12 Feb and ends on Friday 6 April 2018

Term 2: History and Development of Eastern Traditions. Begins Monday 7 May and ends on Friday 29 June 2018

Term 3: Selected Topics in World Religions, Part 1. Begins Monday 30 July and ends on Friday 21 September 2018

Term 4: Selected Topics in World Religions, Part 2. Begins Monday 22 October and ends on Friday 14 December 2018

The Religious Diversity Centre of Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to announce the 2018 courses in its ‘Raising Religious Literacy’ series. The Course is open to anyone and everyone and is being offered in AucklandTauranga and Hamilton throughout the 2018 school year.  Dates for each Term and for each location are available below. There are no prerequisites and each Term can be taken independently of the others.

For more information see Courses➞Classes or click here.

2018 National Interfaith Forum to be held 28th-30th July 2018 in Wellington:

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>.


The Religious Diversity Centre hosts training workshop with Prof Paul Weller on religious diversity and anti-discrimination:

Monday 12 March 2018, 10.00am – 3.30pm
The Religious Diversity Centre
University of Otago House, 385 Queen Street, Auckland City

UPDATE: Registration for the Paul Weller Workshop is now closed as the maximum number of participants has been reached. We regret any inconvenience.

This workshop will be led by Dr Paul Weller. Paul has extensive experience and leadership in multicultural, multireligious UK society, as well as more widely in Europe. He is currently:

  • Professor, Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations, Coventry University
  • Research Fellow in Religion & Society, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford
  • Emeritus Professor, Centre for Social, Cultural & Legal Research, University of Derby

Prof Weller is experienced in the innovative and holistic approach of the European ‘Belief-o-rama’ training programmes that aim to contribute to social cohesion within contemporary society. The methods are highly interactive and not only bring participants into better personal consciousness about the issues, but also encourage and support personal responsibility towards creative inclusive environments.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Facilitate dialogue and sharing of experiences in the area of religion and culture
  • Explore the meaning, impact and issues of religious diversity in Aotearoa-New Zealand
  • Enable participants to recognise contemporary manifestations of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination related to religion
  • Develop individual skills for creating inclusive intercultural environments.

The Religious Diversity Centre invites people of religion, faith, belief systems, and those with a secular or no faith background that are interested in issues of religious diversity.

Registration fee: $30 for this 5.5 hour workshop. Lunch will be provided. You can register and pay for this workshop here:

To Register and Pay for Paul Weller’s workshop in Auckland on Monday 12 March 2018, please click on the ‘Add to Cart’ button below. You will be prompted to either:

a) Check Out and Pay using your PayPal account, or

b) Check Out and Pay without a PayPal account (i.e. using either a Credit Card or Debit Card).

If you are registering for someone else, or for more than one person, please add the registrants name(s) to the Text Box below before clicking on the ‘Add to Cart’ button. You will receive a receipt once your registration and payment have been completed.

UPDATE: Registration for the Paul Weller Workshop is now closed as the maximum number of participants has been reached. We regret any inconvenience.

Add Registrant’s name(s):

Alternatively, a registration fee of $30.00 can be paid directly to:
Kiwibank Account number: 38 9017 0433364 00 OR mail cheque to “Religious Diversity Centre Trust,” PO Box 5543, Auckland 1141.The workshop is supported by an Auckland Regional Development Grant.Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Dr Maureen Sier to visit Religious Diversity Centre in March 2018:

Dr Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland, based in Glasgow,  will be a guest of the Religious Diversity Centre from 16 March through 2 April 2018. During her visit, she will be visiting with a number of local New Zealand interfaith councils and the RDC is organising a meeting in Wellington with government officials and MPs.

Sat 17 March 2018: meet with Whangarei Interfaith Council

Tue 27 March 2018: keynote address, Auckland Inter-faith Council: “Finding Faith in a secular world: how interfaith engagement is revolutionising religion”

Thu 28 March 2018: meet with government reps, MPs, Wellington


We will add additional dates and contact information when Maureen’s schedule has been finalised.  Stay tuned!


Planning underway for two International Interfaith leaders to Visit New Zealand:

Planning is now underway to make the most of the visits of two interfaith leaders in the world of religious diversity from Great Britain.

The Religious Diversity Centre is pleased to welcome Dr Paul Weller, a person of extensive experience and leadership in interfaith work in the UK and in Europe, to New Zealand from 9 to 19 March 2018.

As the director of a Religions and Belief Training organisation, he will introduce us to the innovative and holistic approach of the European Belief-o-rama training. The methods are interactive and encourage personal responsibility towards creative inclusive environments. The RDC invites (see below) all who are concerned to develop conversations among people of different religious and belief communities to register their interest. Dr Weller’s workshops have been funded by an Auckland Regional Development Grant.

Our second visitor, Dr Maureen Sier, will visit New Zealand as a SAFE (Scotland Abroad Faith Exchange) visitor, between 16 March to the beginning of April. She will share her experience as Director of Interfaith Scotland relating to interfaith councils, government, religious leaders and nation-wide programmes. She will speak in Christchurch Friday evening 23 March and with Government related people in Wellington on Wednesday 28 March. Drop us a line at info@rdc.org.nz for more information.


2018 National Interfaith Forum: 


Details to be added soon.