Upcoming Events

Saturday 17th August 2019: EarthDiverse, the Waikato Interfaith Council, the Waikato Multicultural Council, GoEco, 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 for Saturday 17 August 2019, 10:30am-2:00pm (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! Come and help offset your carbon usage!

Spirit of Art / Art of Spirit:  A Collection of Events Celebrating the Sacred Nature of Creativity.  Two-Weeks of exhibitions, talks, readings and practical workshops to be held between  24th August and 30 September 2019.

For a full programme of events in our “Spirit of Art / Art of Spirit” series, please click here

EarthDiverse, Artmakers Trust and the Waikato Interfaith Council are pleased to announce a a series of talks, readings, practical workshops and an ongoing exhibition devoted to the theme of Art and Spirituality to be held between 24th August and 30 September 2019. Event venues: Lady Goodfellow Chapel, University of Waikato, and Artmakers Trust, Norris Ward Park, 2 Seddon Rd, Hamilton. 

Through the arts, poetry, music and architecture, religious traditions around the world have communicated their most important values ​​and organised their cultural life. Many contemporary artists also engage with religious narratives and ideas in a critical or affirmative way. Some see creativity and enthusiasm as forms of a spiritual existence: if the divine is involved in the creation of the world, artists are, as it were, co-creators.

The grand religious narratives continue to strongly influence contemporary culture.. That is why a multi faith group in the Waikato has decided to explore the relationship between art, spirituality, and academic/political discourse. Through an art exhibition at Lady Goodfellow Chapel, and public talks, discussions and workshops, we aim at bringing together art makers and art lovers to explore the connections between art and spirituality.

Specific events, workshops and talks to be held during August and throughout September can be found on our Spirit of Art page by clicking here

If you are interested in participating, or contributing to the discussion, please contact us at <info @ earth diverse.org.nz>.

Monday 19 August: COMPASSIONATE CONVERSATIONS: Talks on the subject of Compasssion from a range of faith & belief perspectives. Clarence Street Theatre, Hamilton, 7:00-9:00pm.

The Waikato Interfaith Council, the Waikato Muslim Association and EarthDiverse are pleased to present an evening of talks from a variety of faith and belief perspectives on the topic of Compassion. The evening will also include a presentation of a series of short digital stories from WIFCO’s Tales of Compassion website,  as well as a performance from the Waikato Interfaith Choir. This event is a part of Islam Awareness Week, and is one of the many events taking place between 18-31 August as a part of the Spirit of Art/Art of Spirit celebration. It is also free and open to the public. All are invited to attend!

Saturday 19 October: RELIGIOUS OPEN DAY: The Waikato Interfaith Council and EarthDiverse are cosponsoring an Open Day for the public to visit a participating House of Worship of your choice. Please feel free to visit any one of the following Centres on Saturday 19 October 2019 between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Members of each respective community will be there to greet you and answer any questions you may have.

Current Participants:

Bahá’í: Bahá’í Faith Community Centre

Buddhist: Waikato Compassion Meditation Centre, 2A Chelmsford Rd, Silverdale, Hamilton

Christian: Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grey Street, Hamilton; St John’s Methodist Church, Hamilton East


Jewish: Waikato Jewish Association

Muslim: Waikato Muslim Association, 921 Heaphy Terrace, Claudelands, Hamilton


More Houses of Worship will be added soon as the various Houses of Worship confirm participation. This event is free and open to the public.

page last updated 10 August 2019.