We are a not-for-profit organisation which exists to serve the interests of the non-religious; those who do not have a belief in gods or the supernatural.

What we Believe


“How should we live?” is a question that both secular and religious philosophers have provided many different answers to. Members of the NZARH believe that this question is best answered by a secular humanist approach.


The NZARH strongly believes that government should be secular; that is dealing with the issues of this world rather than following a religious agenda.


A rationalist believes that knowledge and truth are ascertained by using reason and logic, and not by divine or supernatural revelation.

What we Do


We stand up for the rights of the non-religious


We present submissions to parliament from a secular perspective


We provide a place and opportunities for likeminded non-believers to socialise


We highlight and discuss issues of interest


We provide educational material

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Should churches pay rates?

Recently Auckland Council reviewed the rates paid by religious organisations. While the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, enacted by the central government, has placed limits upon Council’s discretion by specifying categories of property that are fully ‘non-rateable’ there has been room for interpretation in terms of what land is “used solely or principally … as a
place of religious worship.” The resulting increase in rates for churches has resulted in complaints from religious organisations.

Thinking about Islam

The impact of Islam on the west is very small. Islam in most western countries is a fragmented, somewhat marginalised and multicultural religion attracting few converts and with many apathetic members. It is not rational to devote a lot of effort to responding to this phenomenon and there seems to be plenty of evidence that Muslims become less religious as time goes on in western countries.

Education Minister orders review of religious guidelines

Three years ago the Ministry of Education committed in mediation to prepare guidelines for schools in relation to religious instruction in schools. The Ministry then refused to continue work while human rights litigation was in progress. Recently there has been an...

Robson’s morals are not a good example

If there was ever a good example of why religious instruction in New Zealand primary schools is a bad idea Geoff Robson's opinion piece would be it. If we want our schools to be a tolerant environment where children from any background or belief system can attend...

Humanist Conference to be held in August

Humanist Conference will be held in August featuring international speakers talking about human rights and secularism.

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