Past work

A religious diversity forum was held as part of the New Zealand Diversity Forum in 2007. The theme was cooperation between faith communities and government for understanding, peace and security.  The forum, which was attended by Cabinet Ministers, senior government officials, local authorities and faith community representatives, considered the following topics:

  • Education: Building tolerance, understanding and values in New Zealand’s secular education framework, focusing particularly on the new draft school curriculum.
  • Community: Building positive local religious diversity, including programmes run by the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Family and Community Services, Auckland City Council, and the Human Rights Commission’s national interfaith network.
  • The Nation: Developing a national statement on religious diversity, discussing the first draft of a statement prepared by Victoria University Religious Studies Professor Paul Morris.