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

The NZ Interfaith Group has evolved from a variety of interfaith groups that have been active in different parts of New Zealand over the past 20 years. Members of many faiths are represented in these various groups, that have come together in an annual forum for the past few years.

For more information about this site, please contact Paddy Payne: 04-472-2021 (w); 04-472-2027 (f); info@interfaith.org.nz (e); PO Box 5428, Wellington (p).

 2012 National Interfaith Forum - Hamilton

 News

NZ Diversity Forum Save the Date! 
by Paddy
 25/02/2014 11:05 p.m.
 
New Zealand’s human rights record considered by UN Human Rights Council 
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 25/02/2014 11:05 p.m.
 
Te Korowai Whakapono: Religious Diversity Network News - February 2014 
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 25/02/2014 11:05 p.m.
 
Registration for the 2014 National Interfaith Forum is Now Open! 
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 18/02/2014 11:30 p.m.
 
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 Events

27/06/2014 2:00 p.m.   2014 National Interfaith Forum - "Unity in Diversity" - Dunedin 
The Dunedin Interfaith Council is delighted to be hosting the 2014 National Interfaith Forum and is pleased to announce some preliminary details.
 
The venue for the Forum is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Fenton Crescent, St Clair,...
24/08/2014 12:00 a.m.   2014 NZ Diversity Forum - Christchurch 
The 2014 NZ Diversity Forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 24−25 August in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury.
 
Now in its 10th year, the forum is a unique national convention, at which people involved in race relations, human rights...
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 Contact details for regional groups

Auckland Inter-faith Council
Pres: Mrs Ruth Cleaver, mcleaver @ xtra.co.nz
Vice Pres: Mr Gul Zaman, zaman @ orcon.net.nz
 
Waikato Interfaith Council
Sec: Mr Todd Nachowitz, wifconz @ gmail.com
http://wifco.wikispaces.com
 
Wellington Inter-Faith Council
Pres: Mrs Wendy Matthews, matthusana @ gmail.com, 04-976-1741
Sec: Mr Eldon Paki 
 
Christchurch Interfaith Council
Pres: Derek McCullough, units @ clear.net.nz 
Sec: Ina de Paauw-Fontein, ina @ depaauw.co.nz
http://christchurchinterfaith.wordpress.com/
 
Dunedin Interfaith Council
Sec: Suzanne Gillies, dunedininterfatih @ gmail.com
 
Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group
Chair: Rev. Greg Hughson, see their website for email address
Sec: Mrs  Mai  Tamimi, mai_t73 @ yahoo.com

 Internet Sites and Resources

  Aotearoa New Zealand Interfaith Network The 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 ...
  BBC Multifaith Calendar An excellent multifaith calendar that allows you to look at festivals and holy days by religion or by month, with detailed info given about most dates
  BBC Religion & Ethics The 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
  BeliefNet We are a multi-faith e-community designed to help you meet your own religious and spiritual needs -- in an interesting, captivating and engaging way ...
  Center for Interreligious Understanding Through 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 Media The 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 for a Parliament of the World's Religions The mission of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions is to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its other guiding institutions ...
  Council of Christians and Jews The 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 Students Interfaith Group Dunedin Abrahamic  Students  Interfaith  Group
  Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group Our 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.
  http://www.optimalunity.org Optimal Unity is a call for humanity to look beyond history, beyond the righteousness of the past and see into the future a move towards unity in the commonality of all faiths.
  Interfaith Encounter Association The Interfaith Encounter Association is dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study ...
  Interfaith resources A list of some of the many organisations throughout the world which are involved in inter-religious activities ...
  Interfaith Youth Core Our interfaith leaders are building a movement of young people from all faiths and traditions who are working together to change the world
  Interfaithing Interfaithing is an interfaith social network community with daily interfaith news, videos, positive news, and a large interfaith resource. Our objective is to unite and grow the global interfaith community...
  Interfaithnet Asia Pacific Interfaithnet 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 Freedom The 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 Jews The ICCJ serves as the umbrella organisation of 38 national Jewish-Christian dialogue organisations world-wide.
  Internationally recognised Values Education Program Living 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
  Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace The IIFWP (Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace) was founded in the hope of building a world in which peoples, cultures, races, religions, and nationalities could live together in harmony, mutual respect, cooperation ...
  Jews, Christians, and Muslims working together 3faiths.org is a blog dedicated to telling the stories about positive interactions between the three abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
  MultiFaithNet MultiFaithNet is a self-access research, learning, information and dialogue tool, providing updated access to global electronic resources and interactions useful for study of world religious traditions and communities and the practice of inter-faith ...
  New Zealand Sikh Society (Wellington) The New Zealand Sikh Society (Wellington) Inc. was Incorporated on 24 June 1991. The main objective of the society is to preach the teachings of Sikhism, to provide religious services and ceremonies, to foster a better understanding among the people of NZ
  PBS Religion and Ethics Since 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 Next Peace Next is the official social network of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
  Pluralism Project - On Common Ground The 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
  Religions for Peace Religions for Peace is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world's great religions dedicated to promoting peace
  REonline Religious Education Online. REonline is a family of websites, with www.reonline.org.uk at its centre. Great resources for education of children of all ages.
  Spiritual "non-secular" Discussion Forum Spiritual / Gnostic / Mystic Discussion Forum for all sincere seekers of Ultimate Truth
  The Inter Faith Network of UK The Inter Faith Network for the UK works to build good relations between the different religious communities in the UK at both national and local levels ...
  The Interfaith Alliance The 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 Revealer A daily review of Religion and the Press.
  The Sacred Site Radha Sahar's site that has information on many of the world's faiths ...
  United Religions Initiative United Religions Initiative started in 2000 after the signing of a Charter for a United Religions Initiative focused on promoting grass-roots changemakers across the religious, cultural and geographic boundaries of the world
  Waikato Interfaith Council Web site for the Waikato Interfaith Council.
  World Congress of Faiths The World Congress of Faiths publishes the leading journal on interfaith matters Interreligious Insight.  It arranges a variety of conferences, meetings, retreats, visits and group travel ...
  World Faiths Development Dialogue Its aim is to facilitate a dialogue on poverty and development among people from different religions and between them and the international development institutions.
  World Interfaith Harmony Week The World Interfaith Harmony Week is a worldwide week of interfaith harmony. The World Interfaith Harmony Week will fall on the first week of February of every year and aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.
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 Multifaith Calendar

Date
Title
13-20 Apr
Holy Week (Western)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
15-22 Apr
PesahUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Judaism - Pesah, or Passover, commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt. Celebrated for eight days, the first two and the last two days are holidays (the first and last days are holidays in Israel and among Reform Jews). Pesah begins at dusk (before sundown) on the previous day.
17 Apr
Maundy Thursday (Western)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Christianity (Western) - Maundy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Lord's Supper by Jesus.
18 Apr
Good Friday (Western)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Christianity (Western) - Good Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ, i.e. his submission to death by crucifixion.
14-18 Apr
Holy Week (Eastern)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
20 Apr
Easter (Western)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Christianity (Western) - Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. The oldest and most important Christian festival initiates the fifty-day period culminating in Pentecost.
18 Apr
Holy Friday (Eastern)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Christianity (Eastern) - Holy Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ, i.e. his submission to death by crucifixion.
20 Apr
Pascha (Eastern)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Christianity (Eastern) - Pascha celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. The oldest and most important Christian festival, it initiates the fifty-day period culminating in Pentecost. In Orthodox churches, the church year begins with Pascha (Eastern).
21 Apr
First Day of RidvanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Bahá'í Faith - Ridvan commemorates 12 days that Bahá'u'lláh spent in the garden of Ridvan during his exile in Baghdad and also when he proclaimed himself as the one announced by the Báb. On the first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridvan work is suspended.
22 Apr
Earth Day (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
23 Apr
World Book Day (UNESCO)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
27 Apr
Yom HaShoahUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Judaism - Yom HaShoah is held in memory of the six million Jews who died as victims of Nazi atrocities during the Second World War.
28 Apr
Jamál (Beauty)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Bahá'í Faith - Jamál (Beauty), the 3rd Bahá'í month.
29 Apr
Ninth Day of RidvanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Bahá'í Faith - The 9th day of Ridvan when Bahá'ís suspend work.
30 Apr - 4 May
Ghambar MaidyozaremUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Zoroastrianism - Ghambar Maidyozarem celebrates the creation of sky and the harvesting of the winter crop. It lasts for 5 days until May 4.
30 Apr
Samhain / Halloween / Last Light / HaratuaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Wicca - To restore the real meaning of Halloween, we celebrate it at this time of the year, when all of nature appears to be dying and the time of darkness is upon us. In the Celtic tradition it was recognised as a major seasonal shift which dislocated time and space, opening people to their realities. This was the feast of the dead, with storytelling and divination playing an important part; in fact it was the beginning of the story-telling season, which would continue through the dark evenings until Beltane. It was also a feast of peace and friendship. when weapons were laid down and violence put aside.
  
 Haratua is the time when crops are stories in pits, labours are over and when the emphasis now shifts into the bushy, the domain of Tane, as a food source. The kiore is traditionally important at this time as it grows fat in late autumn and winter when feed is plentiful. The kiore is a descendant of the goddess Pani, whose daughter Hine-mataita gave birth to it.
 It is time to hear the story of Hine-nui-te-po, goddess of death, and her encounter with Maui when, in his foolishness, he tried to conquer her
2 May
12th Day of RidvanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Bahá'í Faith - The 12th Day of Ridvan concludes this important Bahá'í festival
2 May
Akshaya-tritiyaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Jainism - Akshaya-tritiya (Immortal Third) celebrates the day when Lord Rishabha broke his first year-long fast by drinking sugar cane juice.
3 May
World Press Freedom Day (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
8 May
Days of Remembrance and Reconciliation (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
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 UN Years and Decades

Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011-20 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development for Communities Affected by 1986 Chernobyl Disaster, 2006-16 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2014 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
International Year of Cystallography, 2014 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
International Year of Family Farming, 2014 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
International Year of Small Island Developing StatesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Second International Decade for the Eradication of Poverty, 2008-17 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People, 2005-14 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism, 2012-21 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, 2010-20 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-14 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, 2014-2024 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, 2011-20 (UN)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).

 Resources

Final report of the New Zealand Delegation from the Asia Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 2008  
by Paddy
 25/09/2008 12:09 a.m.
 
Understanding the Three Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam 
by Paddy
 8/06/2008 9:42 p.m.
 
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