Hema Paterson

Hema is the current president of the NZARH. Having been elected into the role in June 2019. Hema is also our current celebrant co-ordinator.  

Opinion, faith and belief

by Chris Gee It is imperative that we encourage the separation and definitional understanding of Opinion vs Belief vs Faith in the public narrative. Too often these three concepts are conflated together or used interchangeably, leading our to public narrative (where...
Karakia under the Spotlight

Karakia under the Spotlight

Yesterday there was an article in the New Zealand Herald suggesting that karakia could be affected by the legal action being taken by Jeff McClintock, David Hines and Tanya Jacob. Regardless of the nature of karakia the status of prayer in class is already legally...
Secular Education going to Court

Secular Education going to Court

David Hines and his team have set up a GiveALittle Donation Page to allow people to contribute to the legal costs of supporting Secular Education in a Judicial Review to be held in late April. David Hines and a group of parents affected by religious instruction have...
End of Life Choices Submission

End of Life Choices Submission

The NZARH has an interest in representing the rights of those without religious beliefs. We wish to ensure that the religious beliefs of others do not impact our own human rights. As an association which places compassion and humanity at the forefront we wish to...