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Our Mission Statement:

exploring, discerning and engaging the deep diversities of planet earth

Our Vision:

  • to unite the disparate concepts of diversity education and training into a single organisation that unifies the teaching of cultural and natural diversities;
  • to work toward:
    • mitigating racism, discrimination and environmental degradation,
    • and strengthening social cohesion in Aotearoa New Zealand society,
  • through the offering of such programmes mentioned below.

Our Purpose:

  • to provide diversity education and training to the general public on the wide variety of issues pertaining to cultural and religious diversity, including, but not limited to, world religions, beliefs and traditions, as well as ethnic diversity and multiculturalism;
  • to provide language training to both children and adults on a wide variety of under-taught languages spoken in Aotearoa New Zealand, in order to both increase mainstream society’s awareness and understanding of minority languages, and to better promote heritage language acquisition amongst children of migrants who are often at risk of losing their heritage due to assimilation;
  • to promote greater understanding of the natural history and biodiversity of Aotearoa New Zealand through experiential educational programmes, excursions and activities designed to increase engagement with our natural environment;
  • to offer professional development training and education on diversity related topics through providing seminars and workshops that target the Education, Health, Media and Government sectors, as well as Clergy and those involved in the pastoral care of others;
  • to publish relevant research in the field of diversity education;
  • to provide educational resources for the teaching of diversity.

What We Offer:

  • RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY: a wide variety of courses and classes designed to increase our literacy of other religious and belief traditions, which currently includes three distinct series of courses, each with four independent Term classes consisting of 8 lectures per Term:
    • Discovering Religious Diversity series:
      • Term 1: History and Development of Western Religious Traditions
      • Term 2: History & development of Eastern Religious Tradition
      • Term 3: Contemporary Beliefs & Practices: Selected Topics 1
      • Term 4: Contemporary Beliefs & Practices: Selected Topics 2
    • Contemporary Issues in Religion series:
      • Term 1: Religious Fundamentalism, Extremism and Terrorism
      • Term 2: Religion & Nonviolence
      • Term 3: Other ’Isms
      • Term 4: New Religious Movements
    • World Religions Series:
      • Term 1: Judaism
      • Term 2: Islam
      • Term 3: Hinduism
      • Term 4: Buddhism

Additional cultural and religious diversity classes coming soon.

For more info, please see our Religious Diversity classes page.

  • LANGUAGE: EarthDiverse currently offers the following language courses, designed for introductory learners; those who do not read, write or speak a foreign language; children of migrants who wish to learn to read, write and speak their Heritage Language; and Pākehā learners who wish to better engage with native speakers. Intermediate level language classes will be introduced in Term 3 of 2020. Each language level offers four Term classes consisting of 8 lectures per Term:
    • Hebrew language classes:
      • Term 1: Introductory Hebrew 101
      • Term 2: Introductory Hebrew 102
      • Term 3: Introductory Hebrew 103
      • Term 4: Introductory Hebrew 104
    • Hindi language classes in Devanāgarī (देवनागरी)) script:
      • Term 1: Introductory Hindi for Kids 011
      • Term 2: Introductory Hindi for Kids 012
      • Term 3: Introductory Hindi for Kids 013
      • Term 4: Introductory Hindi for Kids 014
      • Term 1: Introductory Hindi 101
      • Term 2: Introductory Hindi 102
      • Term 3: Introductory Hindi 103
      • Term 4: Introductory Hindi 104
      • Term 1: Intermediate Hindi 201
      • Term 2: Intermediate Hindi 202
      • Term 3: Intermediate Hindi 203
      • Term 4: Intermediate Hindi 204
    • Urdu language classes in Nastaʿlīq (نستعلیق) script:
      • Term 1: Introductory Urdu 101
      • Term 2: Introductory Urdu 102
      • Term 3: Introductory Urdu 103
      • Term 4: Introductory Urdu 104

Additional language programmes coming soon.

For more info, please see our Language classes page.

  • ENVIRONMENT & BIODIVERSITY CLASSES AND EXCURSIONS: In the coming year, EarthDiverse will begin to offer a series of talks on Aotearoa’s natural history and biodiversity, as well as excursions and activities designed to introduce us to the natural beauty of Aotearoa New Zealand. We currently offer:
    • Multicultural Tree Planting: an annual event organised by EarthDiverse with the help of the Waikato Interfaith Council, Waikato Multicultural Council, Hamilton City Council, and a wide coalition of the Waikato’s environmental organisations. This event will next take place on 20 June 2020.
    • additional seminars and excursions will take place as funding allows.
    • classes on Aotearoa’s natural history and diversity coming soon. We’re just getting started!

A new section detailing these programmes will be added here soon.

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING: EarthDiverse currently offers a series of Professional Development Workshops and Seminars on Religious Diversity and raising awareness of religious literacy. These programmes are designed for organisations and businesses to better inform potential clients of issues of religious literacy and raising awareness of the beliefs and practices of other faith and belief traditions. Our interactive seminars and workshops are designed to get your staff and employees cognisant of and involved with people of other faith and belief traditions, in order to better help them interact with members of other religions, as well as with those with no-religion.

For more information, please visit our Professional Development page.

  • EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: EarthDiverse is currently developing educational resources used in the teaching of diversity. These will be available on our Resources pages in the coming months. We are currently compiling bibliographies of published sources on ethnic and minority communities in New Zealand. At present, only our Indian Diaspora in New Zealand bibliography is complete. We are currently seeking funding to complete additional bibliographies.

For more information, please visit our Resources page.

What We’re Up To…

EarthDiverse is just getting started. We’re a new organisation that incorporates a more comprehensive view of all that Planet 3 has to offer: one that combines all the depth and breadth of human diversity—our social, cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversities—with the vast but threatened splendor of the environmental and biological diversity of our world.

In the coming months and year(s), EarthDiverse will continue to offer courses, workshops and seminars; the religious diversity classes will continue to be offered but, over time, we will introduce additional classes that encompass both our cultural and environmental diversities. We’ll also move towards developing educational resources, integrative programmes with hands-on learning opportunities and experiential components, and research and publication projects all designed to better inform us of, and engage with, the multiple diversities of which we are an integral part.

At the moment, our new non-profit organisation is just beginning to take shape, but at its heart is the notion of active engagement with diversity and the principle that learning should be fun and enjoyable in addition to being informative, and the approach that knowledge should be experienced and shared rather than simply known or understood.

We continue with our existing “Discovering Religious Diversity” series of classes  (previously taught at Fraser High School, and under the auspices of the Waikato Interfaith Council and the Religious Diversity Centre, in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga), and have recently introduced a new cycle of classes on Contemporary Issues in Religious Studies. This series of classes began in February 2019 with Term 1 focused on “Religious Fundamentalism, Extremism and Terrorism,” a Term 2 class on “Religion and Non-Violence,” a Term 3 class on “Other ’Isms,” and a Term 4 class entitled “New Religious Movements.” A band new series of classes is currently being introduced in 2020 that examines the lesser-know main world religious traditions of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Please visit our Religious Diversity classes page for more information.

New Language classes in Hebrew, Hindi and Urdu are currently being offered in Hamilton. Our language classes are designed specifically for our mainstream majority populations to better engage with, and learn about, our Aotearoan minorities, i.e. non-European languages not usually taught in New Zealand. Additional languages will be offered in the future, so stay tuned! Please visit our Language classes page for more information.

We have also launched a seminar series on current issues of diversity, with invited guest speakers on a wide variety of topical issues. See our Upcoming Events and Previous Events pages for more information.

Page last updated 26 February 2020.