exploring, discerning and engaging the deep diversities of planet earth


2020 TERM 2 CLASSES BEGIN MONDAY 4 MAY 2020. During New Zealand’s Covid-19 lockdown all EarthDiverse classes (except Hebrew) are live-streamed via Zoom. In-person classes will only begin again once the lockdown ends. New ‘Live-streaming Distance Learning’ courses have been added for those living outside the Waikato or unable to attend in-person classes. See our Classes, Religious Diversity, or Language classes pages for details.

FLASH: Please note that during the COVID-19 Lockdown all of our classes (except Hebrew) have moved on-line. Once the lockdown is over we will resume in-person classes.

News: A new Arabic 101 class has been added for Term 2, beginning Monday 4 May 2020!

News: Term 2 class registration is now available on our Registration page. Our 2020 Religious Diversity class offerings now include three distinct series of four Term classes each for a total of 12 classes on offer. These can be viewed on our Religious Diversity class page, while our 2020 Language offerings in Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi and Urdu can be viewed on our Language Classes page. Please read the descriptions of each of our classes prior to visiting our registration page.

TERM 2 classes begin the week of Monday 4 May 2020.

Religious Diversity Classes in 2020 are currently being held in Hamilton and Te Awamutu, with classes returning to Tauranga in 2020 Term 3. All Language classes are held in Hamilton. Some Religious Diversity and Language classes have on-line live-streaming options.

All Religious Diversity classes are taught from an objective point of view. These are classes about religion and religious behavior, taught from an anthropological point of view, and are designed for participants to get a greater understanding of the depth and scope of the diversity that exists within the world’s various faith and belief traditions.

News: Statistics New Zealand recently released its Level 1 figures from the 2018 New Zealand Census on Monday 23 September 2019. The 2018 Census figures on New Zealand’s Religious Diversity have been summarised by EarthDiverse and are available for download on our Publications page here.

News: We also plan to add additional links in the coming weeks that detail minority community organisations (e.g. Indian organisations and associations), and bibliographies on published academic research on minority communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Indian Diaspora in New Zealand pages have already been added with additional minority community information coming in the future.


Saturday 20 June 2020: EarthDiverse, the Waikato Interfaith Council, the Waikato Multicultural Council, GoEco, Kaivolution, the Waikato Muslim Association, Friends of Waiwhakareke, and the Hamilton City Council are co-organising a Community-wide tree planting event to take place in Hamilton on Saturday 20 June 2020, 10:30am-1:30pm (Rain or Shine). Bring a spade or shovel (if you have one), and gumboots, hat, some gardening gloves and some water. Otherwise, just come and bring a a smile. If you don’t want to dig there will be other ways to help out (like helping out with serving a light lunch). A light lunch will be served (courtesy of Kaivolution, GoEco, WIFCO, the Bahá’í Community and the Waikato Muslim Association). 100 people would mean planting 5-10 saplings each. Mark this date in your diaries now! Come and help offset your carbon usage!

This event is free and open to the public.

NIFF 2020: National Interfaith Forum: The 13th National Interfaith Forum will be held the weekend of Friday 11 September through Sunday 13 September 2020 in Tauranga, cosponsored by the Tauranga Moāna Interfaith Council and the Waikato Interfaith Council. Stay tuned for more information, coming shortly!

site last updated 10 May 2020.