November, 2010
ISSN 1178-0924
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News & Issues

Have your say: Annual Review on Religious diversity

Each year the Human Rights Commission includes a section on religious diversity in its Race Relations Report. A draft of this section will be written in December / January.

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Race Relations: What’s most important?

Every five years, the New Zealand Government provides a report to the United Nations on its compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The next report is due in December 2011, and will be compiled by the Ministry of Justice in consultation with other government departments, with input from the public.

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Update on Workplace Guidelines

The process of developing guidelines for religious diversity in the workplace is reaching its final stages. Both the Working Group and the Reference Group set up for the process will have a joint meeting this month to discuss the revised document for final sign off.

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Start planning for Race Relations Day 2011

The theme for Race Relations Day 2011 is ‘People in Harmony’. Race Relations Day is on 21 March each year but many events take place around the actual day. It is a time when you or your organisation or community can do something to celebrate, learn, discuss, plan or promote diversity in your own context and to achieve diversity goals.

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Register your NZDAP 2011 Projects

The process of registering projects with the NZ Diversity Action Programme (NZDAP) for 2011 has begun. Well done to the Islamic Women’s Council who were one of the first participants to register projects for 2011.We would like to invite others to let us know what you plan to undertake in the coming year. This may be similar projects to the ones you did this year, or new initiatives.

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International Ambassador for the Council of the World Parliament of Religions named

Congratulations to Lachlan Mackay who has been appointed as the International Ambassador for the New Zealand region for the Council of the World Parliament of Religions.

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Nanaksar celebrates 21 years of service in NZ

The Nanaksar Trust has completed 21 Years of Service to the local community in Manukau and Auckland. Established in 1989, the Nanaksar Trust started primarily as a religious charity and built the landmark Sikh Temple on Great South Road in Manurewa.

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Happenings at the Auckland Interfaith End of Year event

On Saturday 6 November, 200 people from many different faith backgrounds gathered for an afternoon of sharing sacred words and music on the theme of ‘Gratitude’ held at the Manukau Bahá’í Centre in South Auckland.

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Diwali bigger than ever in 2010

Diwali celebrations took place around the country throughout October / November.  The celebration provides an effective platform for the local Indian community to showcase their culture and traditions.

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Future Events

Attend the Otago Interfaith public lecture

The University of Otago Centre for Theology and Public Issues and the Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group are jointly hosting a lecture by former British MP, Rt Hon John Battle with the topic “From Fear To Respect: Why Building Healthy Interfaith Relationships Matters, Post.”

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Holy Week offers spiritual insights

The largest pilgrimage in the world of 2 million people is taking place and will culminate with the festival of Eid -now confirmed for 17 November. The Rasheed Memorial Trust is taking the opportunity to offer learning about the spiritual fundamentals of the religion.

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Participate in the Council of Christians and Muslims forum

The Council of Christians and Muslims will be hosting a public forum “Responsibilities of Parents from a Faith Perspective.”  Hyeeun Kim, a Christian Minister and Waseema Ahmed, an active member of the Muslim community will be the speaker.

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Be part of the Interfaith Celebration of Light

The Wellington Inter-Faith Council will be holding a Multi-Faith Celebration of Unity through music, song, and poetry from the many faiths represented by the Council. 

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Save the date for the Islamic Women’s Council annual convention

The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand will be holding its Annual Convention in Hamilton.  The conference is for Muslim women, but there will be a public session on Saturday 22 January 2011, including lunch. 

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Join the National Interfaith forum in Wellington

The Wellington Interfaith Council will be sponsoring the 8th National Interfaith Forum in Wellington between 26 and 28 February 2011. Once again  there will be a separate youth and a women’s component. The National Youth Interfaith Forum will be held on Saturday 26 February and The National Women’s Interfaith Forum will be held on Sunday 27 February.

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Take part in the Race Unity Speech Awards next year

The Race Unity Speech Award will be held again in support of Race Relations Day through March 2011 and will culminate with the finals on 2 April 2011 in Auckland.

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Did You Know?

Why did the U.N. proclaim World Interfaith Harmony Week?

The United Nations passed a resolution to create World Interfaith Harmony Week annually.  The goal of the World Interfaith Harmony Week is to give a platform for all religions to organize and work together.

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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.