Belief Week

Inside a Māori Religion: The Rātana movement

"We're trying to spark up people's life force to bring them back to fullness."

Opinion: Why I am still a Christian

When I was a kid, I never doubted. Recently, I have found myself far more comfortable with it.

How our dead bodies can be good for the planet

Cremating one person requires the same energy as the average New Zealand household uses in a month.

Opinion: How I practise Hinduism

"I have called myself a Hindu my entire life without having read any religious scriptures. "

How Sāmoa’s spirit women, Teine Sā, became demonised

Once seen as protectors, Sāmoa’s spirit women, Teine Sā, were considered powerful female deities. 

Welcome to Belief Week

Re: News Editor Mandy Te outlines our coverage and shares what belief means for some people.

Meet the NZ Jews against the occupation of Palestine

“I was brought up on a story about my country that wasn’t true.”

Nearly half of New Zealanders say they have no religion

Only 29.6 percent of New Zealanders identified with no religion in the 2001 census.

I’m celibate: Let me tell you why

“It’s not about not getting sex. It’s about not wanting sex, like at all right now.”

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I’m a priest and I’m gay

Pā Cruz opens up about the reality of being a modern-day priest.

I painted a church pink in Greymouth: 'A house of queer worship'

"Why not turn everything you can into a sculpture? Go forth and be silly."

Meet the witches of NZ’s first wicca church

“Wicca makes women feel safe. It makes the female feminine part in men feel safe, too.”