April, 2010
ISSN 1178-0924
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News & Issues

Religious diversity in the workplace ‘Guidelines’ process begins

The process of developing ‘guidelines’ for religious diversity in the workplace has now begun with members of the Working Group and Reference Group meeting to discuss the terms of reference.

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Register your 2010 projects with the NZ Diversity Action Programme

Thank you to those who have registered projects this year with the NZ Diversity Action Programme.

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More feedback sought on status of the right to freedom of religion

The Human Rights Commission will host three lunch meetings to get more feedback on the final draft section on the right to freedom of religion and belief in its status report Human Rights in New Zealand Today.

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Speech Award Winners

The Race Relations Commissioner, Joris de Bres, awarded Aperahama Hurihanganui representing Rotorua Boys’ High School, the top prize at the Race Unity Speech finals in Auckland on 10 April.

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Koran with Māori translation launched

For the first time in New Zealand history, Māori will now be able to read the Muslim holy book, the Koran, in Te Reo Māori.

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Interfaith Youth Facebook

Interfaith Youth leaders involved in the National Interfaith Youth Forum are progressing the idea of setting up a Facebook group.

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Vaisakhi on the Square 2010

Manukau Square was alive with colour, music and performances as the third annual Vaisakhi on the Square event was celebrated on Saturday 10 April.

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Samoan Language Week 30 May – 5 June

All faith communities are encouraged to celebrate Samoan Language Week which will take place from Sunday 30 May to Saturday 5 June, and will coincide with Samoan Independence Day on 1 June.

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Auckland Interfaith 2010 Public Talks Series – Journeys of Faith

The Auckland Inter-Faith Council’s series of public talks for this year is entitled “Journeys of Faith”.

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Future Events

Christchurch Interfaith Public Talk

A Christchurch Interfaith group panel discussion will be held on the topic of pregnancy, birth and associated rituals.

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Antony Lowenstein interviewed by Afroz Ali

The Council of Christians and Muslims is hosting a public talk by Antony Lowenstein.

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Muslim Cultural Training Workshop 2010

Due to heavy demand, the Rasheed Memorial Trust has organised another series of workshops on Islamic faith for service providers to Muslim clients.

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Exhibition sacred relics of the Buddha

A collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world and is coming to Auckland in May.

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Theology and the Ethics of Food

This full day seminar and workshop explores the value of food in our health and wellbeing from nutritional, spiritual and environmental perspectives.

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3rd Hindu Conference

Encouraged by the responses that were received for the 1st and 2nd New Zealand Hindu Conferences, the Hindu Council of New Zealand will be hosting the third conference from 15- 16 May 2010 with the theme “Sustaining New Zealand through strengthening bond amongst communities”.

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Did You Know?

UN High Commission for Human Rights Minority Fellowship Programme 2011

Applications are now open for the OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP).

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For more information about the ‘Te Korowai Whakapono: NZ Religious Diversity Network’, please contact Rohan Jaduram at rohanj@hrc.co.nz or 09 375 8640.

Information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is available at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.

The views contained in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of the Human Rights Commission.