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Interfaith Org NZ welcomes you in the spirit of understanding and cooperation between all of the faiths in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The website was started in the 1990s to support the sharing of news and events of interfaith groups throughout the country. In addition it has links to many other interfaith sites and resources, a multifaith calendar and a picture gallery of interfaith activities.

For more information about this site or to submit news and events, please contact Paddy Payne: or +64 21 505 215.


National Interfaith Forum 2022 - 6 to 8 May in Tauranga

National Interfaith Forum 2022 - 6 to 8 May in Tauranga

Members of the Tauranga Moana Interfaith Council and the Waikato Interfaith Council Joint Organising Committee, who have undertaken to organise our next NIFF, have set the date for our next National Interfaith Forum for:

Friday evening 6th May through Sunday noon 8th May 2022 in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

The event will be hosted by the Tauranga Moana Interfaith Council, with support from the Waikato Interfaith Council.  Baring any future major disasters or pandemic resurgence, NIFF 2022 should proceed as scheduled!

Celebrating the Temple of Understanding's 60th Anniversary

​Celebrating the Temple of Understanding's 60th Anniversary

FORUM2020: Science, Spirituality, the Climate Emergency and Our Future & Global Interfaith Prayer Service for the Earth

Proudly presented by the Temple of Understanding in collaboration with Marble Collegiate Church, New York City

World religious and spiritual visionaries, Indigenous leaders, scientists, and youth environmental activists come together to address the urgency of the climate crisis with strategies for inspired collective action. 

Over forty international speakers will be offering their wisdom and perspectives through keynote addresses, diverse panels, inspiring prayers and sacred music.

Free Online Events Oct 16 & 17, 2020

More information and registration here:  

New report reveals teaching religion in our schools reduces extremism

​New report reveals teaching religion in our schools reduces extremism

Religious Education in schools can strengthen multi-culturalism and reduce extremism in our wider communities, according to a new report.

The report found schools offering Special Religious Education (SRE), Religious Instruction (RI) and General Religious Education (GRE) were ideal settings "for children to develop an understanding of peace and tolerance.” The goal of teaching students how to live harmoniously with others in a contemporary and diverse society is a pillar of modern education, said the report. "Multicultural education is a key instrument in achieving social cohesion.” 

The report was written by world-renowned academics Professor Zehavit Gross (the UNESCO/Burg Chair in Education in Human Values, Tolerance and Peace at Bar-Ilan University, Israel) and Professor Emerita Suzanne Rutland, of the University of Sydney. 
The report highlighted the recent mass shootings in New Zealand, suicide bombings in Sri Lanka and the San Diego synagogue shooting as potential topics of discussion among students. For example, religious education teachers could discuss the fear and concern which affected Muslim, Christian and Jewish students in Australia, the report found. Removing in-faith education from government schools detracts from the government's multicultural aims by denying students a crucial avenue to explore their own religious identity and heritage. The report found SRE and GRE played a key role in dismantling stereotypes and strengthening social cohesion. Professor Gross said the belief that religion is irrelevant in a postmodern world is a myth. "Religion continues to play a major role in our public life and acknowledges the legitimate spiritual needs of each individual." Professor Rutland said religious belief and spirituality provide students with an anchor for their individual identities and contribute meaning to their lives. A strong grounding in one's individual identity, combined with knowledge of other religions, helps to combat extremism by teaching respect for diversity. Christian SRE CEO Murray Norman said it was vital students were provided with a safe place to explore their religious identities.

August 22, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk

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National Interfaith Forum 2022Tauranga, Bay of Plenty6/05/2022 5:00 p.m.8/05/2022 12:00 p.m.
Members of the Tauranga Moana Interfaith Council and the Waikato Interfaith Council Joint Organising Committee, who have undertaken to organise our next NIFF, have set the date for our next National Interfaith Forum for: Friday evening 6th May through Sunday noon 8th May 2022 in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty The event will be hosted by the Tauranga Moana Interfaith Council, with support from the Waikato Interfaith Council. Baring any future major disasters or pandemic resurgence, NIFF 2022 should proceed as scheduled!
Aotearoa New Zealand Interfaith NetworkThe Aotearoa New Zealand Interfaith Network is part of the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme and is a mailing list that brings together faith communities, interfaith groups, government agencies, academics and individuals interested in interfaith ...
Auckland Interfaith CouncilAuckland Inter-Faith Council (AIFC) was formed to provide a platform for inter-religious dialogue and networking, and to create a model showing cooperation among religions.
BBC Religion & EthicsThe BBC's site on religion and ethics with information areas on Atheism, Bahá'í, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Mormonism, Paganism, Rastafari, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Unitarianism, Zoroastrianism
BBC Religion & Ethics programmesThe BBC in the UK have many radio and television programmes which can be viewed online
BeliefNetWe are a multi-faith e-community designed to help you meet your own religious and spiritual needs -- in an interesting, captivating and engaging way ...
Canterbury Interfaith Society We are a voluntary non-profit association of people representing diverse religious communities in Christchurch and the wider Cantebury area.
Center for Interreligious UnderstandingThrough educational programs and policy leadership, the CIU brings people of all faiths together to learn about our history, our shared values and why we must live and work together toward a society of justice and peace ...
Centre for Faith and the MediaThe Centre for Faith and the Media is an independent, non-profit organization to inform, advise and help media and the general public achieve a stronger understanding of spiritual history, practices and values in Canadian society.
Council of Christians and JewsThe Council of Christians and Jews brings together Christian and Jewish Communities in a common effort to overcome the evils of prejudice, intolerance and discrimination between people of different of religions and ethnicity.
Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith GroupOur group was formed here in Dunedin in the aftermath of the events of September 11th 2001 out of spontaneous expressions of solidarity and goodwill between leaders of our three faiths, the police and the Dunedin City Council.
Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman (IFCNT)The Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman was formed to provide a platform for inter-religious dialogue and networking, and to create a model, to be inclusive of all, to open the door to their hearts, showing cooperation among religions and humanity.
Interfaith Encounter AssociationThe Interfaith Encounter Association is dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study ...
Interfaith Youth CoreOur interfaith leaders are building a movement of young people from all faiths and traditions who are working together to change the world
Interfaithnet Asia PacificInterfaithnet is a group of Interfaith Ministers who graduated from interfaith seminaries in the USA, UK and Canada and who are practising as congregational ministers, chaplains, celebrants, spiritual counsellors and healers, pastoral carers, social ...
International Association for Religious FreedomThe International Association for Religious Freedom is a registered charity based in the United Kingdom which has the aim of working for freedom of religion and belief at a global level ...
International Council of Christians and JewsThe ICCJ serves as the umbrella organisation of 38 national Jewish-Christian dialogue organisations world-wide.
Internationally recognised Values Education ProgramLiving Values Education Program (LVEP) is a comprehensive values education program. This innovative global character education program offers a wide variety of experiential values activities and practical methodologies to educators, facilitators, parents
Multifaith Action SocietyFounded in 1972, the Multifaith Action Society (MAS) is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to the facilitation of interfaith education and dialogue. For over forty years, MAS has worked to build bridges between groups in British Columbia.
PBS Religion and EthicsSince its debut in 1997, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY has set itself apart from the mainstream media by providing distinctive, cutting-edge news coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world.
Peace NextPeace Next is the official social network of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
Pluralism Project - On Common GroundThe Pluralism Project's fantastic resource, "On Common Ground" has recently been turned into an on-line resource, and is well worth a visit if you've some time to explore.
Regional Interfaith Network (RIN)The Regional Interfaith Network (RIN) website was established in Melbourne, Australia in December 2010 following a unanimous recommendation made at the 5th Regional Interfaith Dialogue held in Perth, 2009
Religion Media CentreAn independent, impartial body helping journalists and other media professionals to cover religion.
Religions for PeaceReligions for Peace is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world's great religions dedicated to promoting peace
Religious Diversity CentreA national centre of educational and research excellence, fostering an appreciation for and understanding of religious diversity amongst all New Zealanders.
REonlineReligious Education Online. REonline is a family of websites, with at its centre. Great resources for education of children of all ages.
Scarboro Missions Interfaith DepartmentIn recent years, the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department in Toronto, Canada has committed itself to building a website featuring curriculum and useful educational resources for interfaith work.
Spiritual "non-secular" Discussion ForumSpiritual / Gnostic / Mystic Discussion Forum for all sincere seekers of Ultimate Truth
The Interfaith AllianceThe Interfaith Alliance and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation - the national non-partisan advocacy voice of the interfaith movement. Our 150,000 members are from more than 70 faith traditions and people of good will ...
The RevealerA daily review of Religion and the Press.
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 Interfaith Groups in NZ

Religious Diversity Centre
University of Otago House
385 Queen Street
P.O. Box 5543
Auckland 1141
New Zealand

Auckland Interfaith Council
Pres: Mrs Ruth Cleaver,
General Enquiries:
Facebook: Auckland Interfaith Council 

Waikato Interfaith Council
Sec: Dr Todd Nachowitz,
PO Box 11048, Hillcrest, Hamilton 3251

Tauranga Moana Interfaith Council
Rev John Hebenton TSSF,, 021-679-202 
Shona Woodhead, 027 699 8562
Facebook: Tauranga Moana Interfaith Council   

Hawke's Bay Interfaith Council
Pres: Dorothy Brooker
Sec: Angela McKee,

Palmerston North Interfaith Council
Mary Eastham, 

Wellington Inter-Faith Council
Chair: Manjit Grewal,
Deputy: Mere Fiore,
Sec: Mustenser Qamar,
Treas: Kumar Kumareswaran,
Enquiries to: or 

Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman
Chair: Hanuman Dasa
Vice Chair: Sheldon Ramer
Treas: Ruth Halsey
Sec: Catriena Wilkinson

Canterbury Interfaith Society
Pres: Dr Hafsa Ahmed

Dunedin Interfaith Council
Chair: Ruth Groffman
Vice-Chair: Geoff Mitchell
Sec: Max Gillies

Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group
Chair: Dr Haizal Hussaini, 
Sec: Ken Baker,

29 Nov - 6 Dec
Judaism - Hannukah, the Festival of Lights (and the Feast of Dedication), commemorates the victory of Judah the Maccabee and religious freedom, and the rededication of the Temple in 165 BCE. It also celebrates the power of God and the faithfulness of Isra
7 Dec
9 Dec
10 Dec
11 Dec
11 Dec
Bahá'í Faith - Masá'il (Questions), the 15th month of the Bahá'í year.
14 Dec
Jainism - Maunajiyaras is a day of fasting, silence and meditation on the five holy beings: monks, teachers, religious leaders, Arahants (Jinas, enlightened masters) and Siddhas (liberated souls). This day is also regarded as the anniversary of the birth
18 Dec
18 Dec
Buddhism - Sanghamitta Day celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of Sanghamitta, daughter of King Asoka, who started the Order of Nuns in Sri Lanka and brought a branch of the Bodhi Tree (which still survives in the ancient capital of Anuradhapura). I
20 Dec
International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028 (UN)
International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-24 (UN)
International Decade for the Rapprochment of Cultures, 2013-22 (UN)
International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-30 (UN)
International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development (UN)
International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (UN)
International Year of Peace and Trust (UN)
Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace, 2019-2028 (UN)
Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa, 2016-2026 (UN)
United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition, 2016-25 (UN)
United Nations Decade of Family Farming, 2020-2028 (UN)
United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, 2014-2024 (UN)
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021-30 (UN)