exploring, discerning and engaging the deep diversities of planet earth



NEW HISTORY SERIES COMING SOON: EarthDiverse will begin a new series of History courses in Term 4 this year. One of our first Courses will be looking at the “History of Death” which explores, historically, the subject of death from the perspective of several different disciplines: religion, (both traditional and contemporary), philosophy, art, literature, music and film.

NEW DISTANCE-LEARNING OPTIONS AVAILABLE: We now offer both ‘In-Class’ and ‘Live-streaming Distance Learning’ options for most of our courses. Distance-learning options have been added for those living outside the Waikato or for those unable to attend our in-person classes. See our Classes, Religious Diversity, or Language classes pages for details.

NEW TERM 3 COURSE OFFERINGS: EarthDiverse is pleased to welcome Dr Norman Franke to our lineup of courses. Norman will be offering a new series of classes on Tuesday evenings on Grand Narratives and World Mythology. Visit our Classes page for more information.

News: New Arabic classes (101 & 102), Hindi classes (Hindi 101, 103 and 201), and a new series of courses on World Mythology have been added for Term 3, which begins the week of Monday 27 July 2020.

News: Term 3 class registration will be available on our Registration page next week. This will include Registration for our newest series of courses on World Mythology. 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 3 classes begin the week of Monday 27 July 2020.

Religious Diversity Classes in 2020 are currently being held in Hamilton and Te Awamutu. 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 18 July 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 18 July 2020, 10:30am-1:30pm (Rain Date 1 August). 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 2021: National Interfaith Forum: The 13th National Interfaith Forum has been postponed due to Covid-19. Originally scheduled to be held the weekend of Friday 11 September through Sunday 13 September 2020 in Tauranga, the event has been postponed until September 2021. NIFF 2021 is being cosponsored by the Tauranga Moāna Interfaith Council and the Waikato Interfaith Council. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon!

site last updated 9 August 2020.