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. We’ve been serving New Zealand’s atheist community since 1927.


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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Latest News




New Bill ends Court Case

Hema Paterson, President of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists, has applauded Tanya Jacob and David Hines for their tireless work challenging religious instruction allowances in the Education Act. Jacob and Hines worked for years to gather...

Religious Instruction by Informed Consent

The New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists applaud the Government and Education Minister Chris Hipkins for proposing legislation that will introduce mandatory informed consent for religious instruction in state primary schools. The The Education and...

The Case for Electric Vehicles

Only ten years ago if you wanted an electric car you would need to build one yourself. In a EV event I attended in 2008 an owner explained why they were so awesome. His arguments remain true today.  Low Operational Cost Compared to petrol electricity will cost about...

Condemnation of Sri Lankan Bombings

Today the people of Sri Lanka experienced terror on attacks on Christian churches leaving more than one hundred innocent people dead and hundreds more injured.

Statement on Christchurch Shootings

No words I can offer can possibly come close to assuaging the sorrow that the families of the victims will be feeling in this moment. What we can do is make clear that we will stand with them, that we will do everything in our power to ensure this never happens again on New Zealand soil.