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Podcast 'Discussing Islam' – Speak Up – Kōrerotia

The Commission's June 2015 Podcast looked at Islam in New Zealand. Host Sally discussed Islam with Dr Husaini Hafiz - a board member of the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust, Jumayah Jones - of the Nawawi Centre and Canterbury Muslim Women Association, and Dr Chris Jones - a Lecturer in History at the University of Canterbury. You can listen here.

A guide to celebrating Diwali 

The Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ) has developed a guide to celebrate Deepwali called, Celebrating Deepawali – A guide for official functions.

The guide aims to provide essential information about the festival and how to celebrate it in an authentic and a culturally appropriate way at your function – be it private, public or at your workplace.

The guide was launched in collaboration with the NZ Police at the NZ Police National Headquarters on Sunday 14 October as part of a Deepwali lunch event for international tertiary students.

Known as the festival of the lights, Diwali symbolises the victory of righteousness, the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. It is the time for lighting small oil lamps (diyas) and candles and placing them around the home and setting off fireworks.

Download the Guide to Celebrating Deepavali

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