Religion

Lead pastors of NZ's ARISE church resign

Former interns have alleged serious mistreatment particularly within ARISE's internship programme.

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.

Opinion: How I practise Hinduism

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

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 a primary school teacher who wears a hijab. The kids understand

I tell the kids my hijab is for my religion and they grasp that concept so fast.

Conversion therapy will be banned, with sentence of up to 5 years’ imprisonment

“There are so many people that will have their lives changed because of this.”

New resource helps Christian schools support rainbow students

The booklet explains how the Bible can be understood in rainbow-affirming ways.

Young Kiwi-Muslims on how Eid celebrations help build identity

Eid is a celebration known as the “festival of breaking the fast”, marking the end of Ramadan.

Talking to Guled Mire about his award-winning mental health series

Last night the Re: series Third Culture Minds, hosted by Guled Mire, won the Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand’s Special Media Journalism…

Simran Kaur on being a Sikh in New Zealand | The Outliers

“You don’t belong here. This is not your country. You are a terrorist.” Growing up Simran Kaur, a first generation Sikh New Zealander, watched her family…

Muslim rapper Abrzy travels to Bangladesh to make sense of his home in Aotearoa | The Outliers

Abid Rahman - stage name Abrzy - is a rapper living in Wellington. We travel with him to the city he was born in, Dhaka, Bangladesh,…

Breaking down misconceptions about Middle Eastern women

"A lot of Iranian women are some of the most glamorous people I've ever met." Ghazaleh Golbakhsh is breaking down the stereotypes of the 'terrorist' or…

Finding out how my Muslim faith views periods

Zahra Shahtahmasebi never really thought about how her Muslim faith views periods. When her’s first arrived she found herself feeling embarrassed, secretive and desperate not to…

Ramadan in lockdown has been 'very different'

With the country in lockdown, this is the first time New Zealand’s Muslim community is observing Ramadan without access to a mosque. 

“This year, Ramadan has been…

New Zealand's Muslim community reacts to Christchurch terrorist's guilty plea

On the 26th March, the terrorist responsible for the Christchurch mosque attacks pled guilty to all charges. Muslim New Zealander of the year Asim Mukhtar talks…

How a mum and son live out their Muslim faith in New Zealand

As a Muslim kid, how do you deal when one of your friends makes a “terrorist” joke? 13 year old Aliyaan says, “Just because I’m Muslim…

What's with our love of astrology?

Astrology has seen a resurgence in recent years. What's up with that? Is it just memes and fun, or are people getting genuine direction from investigating…

Rediscovering Aotearoa: Podcast - Aroha | Love

Migrants and Māori are often pitted against each other in Aotearoa. But the March 15th terrorist attacks at two Christchurch mosques showed the power of aroha…

Rediscovering Aotearoa: Aroha | Love

Tyla is a 28-year-old from Ngāi Tahu who converted to Islam six years ago. Saba is Pakistani, and moved to Aotearoa when she was eight. They…

This dinner brings New Zealand's Muslims, Christians and Jews together

Kiwis from various faiths come together for food and conversation at an interfaith dinner called Abraham's Table. Jews, Muslims and Christians find the commonalities that span…

How fireworks are helping decolonise Wellington

This past Sunday, Wellington held its second annual Matariki Sky Show – a fireworks display that is just one event in the dozens organised as part…

Young Muslims reflect during Ramadan

A group of Muslim New Zealanders gather in the Shakib family’s home for prayer, and to break their Ramadan fast together. They reflect on the many…

Lucy Zee visits a clairvoyant

"A psychic works by reading your energy and a clairvoyant works by speaking and working with the spirit's energy". Do you believe in the other side?…

Hijab in Aotearoa

Unlike some other countries, muslim women in New Zealand can choose whether or not to wear their hijab or not. In the wake of recent events,…

#headscarfforharmony

The Love Movement held a workshop in Auckland to teach wāhine how to properly wear a headscarf in the wake of non-Muslim women around the country…

Hanukkah in New Zealand

Kira and her family celebrate Hanukkah at this time of year, a Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish victory over the Greeks who destroyed their temple 🕎✡️

What would an atheist Xmas be?

We wanted to get a glimpse of what the ultimate atheist Christmas would look like so we asked our pal Harley.

Does NZ need to rethink our public holidays?

We love to celebrate our multiculturalism here in Aotearoa, but looking at our holiday calendar, you mightn't think this is the case. Should we do more…