July, 2011
ISSN 1178-0924
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News & Issues

Religious Diversity at the New Zealand Diversity Forum

There will be two forums focusing on religious diversity at the New Zealand Diversity Forum at the Claudelands Convention Centre in Hamilton on 21-22 August. 

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Sole church left functioning in central Christchurch site of youth vigil

Vigils led by young people from local faith communities are to be held around the country on 16 July to honour Christchurch and stand in solidarity with the people of the city. 

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Muslim Women’s Rights are Human Rights Forums

The Umma Trust will be hosting a series of forums on Muslim women’s rights on 21July at AUT in Auckland and 22 July in Wellington.

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Interfaith Activities

The Wellington Inter-Faith Council invites you to attend a combined AGM and talk on Sunday 14 August 2pm – 4.30pm at the 2nd floor Meeting Rooms James Smith Building corner Cuba and Manners Streets in Wellington.

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A new word in the New Zealand lexicon: maskophobia

Very few New Zealanders, if any, had heard of the word maskophobia before two bus drivers in Auckland claimed it as a reason for refusing to allow two Saudi women wearing a niqab to travel on public buses in Auckland this month. A Wellington bus driver for the same company subsequently claimed to suffer from the same phobia.

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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.