The third edition of the National Statement on Religious Diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand was launched  in Wellington on Tuesday 17 September 2019. The Launch,  hosted by the Office of Ethnic Communities, the Human Rights Commission and the Religious Diversity Centre, acknowledged the absence of the Minister, the Hon Jenny Salesa, who left that same day to attend the funeral of the Prime Minister of Tonga. The Statement,  now in its third edition was introduced by Professor Paul Morris, RDC Trustee.

The Prime Minister’s words in her Foreword encourage all New Zealanders to use the Statement as “a basis for  ongoing discussion and action on religious diversity. It offers a framework within which religious issues can be discussed both by faith communities and within the wider New Zealand community”.

Photographed at the Launch that was held in the National Library:In the back row: Selva Rmasami RDC Trustee, Meng Foon the new Race Relations Commissioner Paul Hunt, Chief Human Rights Commissioner Professor Paul Morris, and in front: Professor Edwina Pio  RDC trustee, Jocelyn Armstrong RDC Trust Co-Chair, Caroline Bridland Director of the  Office of Ethnic Communities and Rakesh Naidoo, former Human Rights Commission Strategic Adviser.

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