April, 2011
ISSN 1178-0924
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News & Issues

Annual Religious Diversity Forum: The State and Religion

The 2011 New Zealand Diversity forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 21-22 August at the Claudelands Convention Centre in Hamilton. Every year at the Diversity Forum there is a forum on an issue addressed in the Statement on Religious Diversity .  This year’s forum will focus on The State and Religion.

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Immigration policy on Religious workers: summary of submissions

The Department of Labour has published a summary of submissions’ on the review of immigration policies available to religious workers. The agreement to review existing immigration rules for religious workers came after extensive lobbying from religious communities about the difficulty for religious workers to gain permanent residency in New Zealand.

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Law Commission reviews Burial and Cremation Act

The Law Commission is undertaking a first principles review of the Burial and Cremation Act 1964. The Act’s primary purpose is to ensure adequate provision is made for the burial of the dead in a manner which is controlled and respectful and which meets public expectations. It also contains the legal provisions governing the certification and registration of deaths.

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Sacred Heart College student wins race unity speech award

The top prize at the Race Unity Speech finals in Auckland on 6 April 2011 went to Lepau Feau representing Sacred Heart College Auckland with Supreet Kaur representing MacLeans College Auckland as runner up.

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Muslims doing well in New Zealand despite reports of increased discrimination

Despite a small increase in complaints of discrimination towards Muslims, a researcher at Victoria University says Muslims in this country are doing comparatively well in other measures.

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Vaisakhi celebrated in Manukau

The NZ Punjabi Cultural Association Papatoetoe celebrated Vaisakhi (the harvesting festival of Northern India) on 2 April at Telstra Stadium in Auckland.

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Future Events

Samoan Language Week

Faith communities are encouraged to celebrate Samoan Language Week O le Vaiaso Gagana Samoa which will take place 1 – 7 June.

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Christchurch Interfaith Council series

The Christchurch Interfaith Council is back into its activities and events. On Tuesday 26 April 7-9pm there will be a presentation from Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Brahma Kumari’s and Unificationists on the topic Understanding the Eternal: Is it possible.  The event will be at 17 Kirkwood Ave.

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NZ Hindu Youth Conference

Hindu Youth New Zealand and the New Zealand Hindu Students Forum are pleased to announce that the 2nd New Zealand Hindu Youth Conference will take place on 7-8 May 2011. The theme of the conference is Dynamic Spirit of Youth.

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Whatever happened to the Judeo-Christian tradition?

The Auckland Council of Christians and Jews will be holding a meeting on Tuesday 17 May at 7.30pm at  St Paul’s Church lounge 12 St Vincent Avenue in Remuera. 

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Muslim and Christian Women Living in NZ – workshop 2

Bridgebuilders and Settling In are organising the 2nd workshop on Muslim and Christian Women Living in NZ. The theme is Interfaith Harmony: Further dialogue between Muslim and Christian Women.

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Auckland Interfaith Council series

The Auckland Inter-Faith Council invites you to attend a combined AGM/evening seminar on Wed. 15 June at St Mark’s Church 95 Remuera Road Remuera. Doors open 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start.

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Spirituality in the Public Domain – Artworks by Radha Sahar

Radha Sahar’s artworks received by the Anglican Church will be on show at the Parish Centre, Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton, between 10.00am and 5.00pm, for Holy Week 17-25 April.

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Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW?

In recent years there has been controversy at the United Nations Human Rights Council over the issue of defamation of religions. Each year a number of Islamic states have put forward a resolution calling on action to counter defamation of religions, including legal sanctions. This has been opposed by Western nations on the ground that it conflicts with the right to freedom of expression.  Although the resolution has been passed by the Human Rights Council, it has only done so with a narrow majority and a very large number of abstentions.

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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.