Newsletter May 2023

Kia ora and greetings to you,

We are excited to announce our 2023 WEBINAR SERIES:
Building a Climate of Hope, E tū te mana o Te Ao
Save the dates! 

Climate Change has this year become a reality for us in Aotearoa New Zealand.
No longer is it something at a safe distance from us. Too many people have already suffered loss and destruction.
As we all come to terms with the fact of needing to face a new future, the RDC Climate Action Group offers this series of webinars, ‘Building a Climate of Hope’.

The first webinar’s keynote, Jane Goodall, opens up the argument for hope. In her book ‘The Book of Hope, A Survival Guide for an Endangered Planet’ she assures us that ‘Everyone has a role to play. We need each other, we will only get there together’.
The webinars then move through, giving the hard facts together with the hope for Aotearoa New Zealand presented by climate experts, for the Pacific Region presented by the youth-led Pacific Climate Warriors’,  and finally for the world, with an international perspective from the Rt Hon Helen Clark, former Director of the UN Development Programme and editor of ‘Climate Aotearoa, What’s happening, and what we can do about it’. Discussion with a small diverse group will follow each keynote, led by Rod Oram, a member of the RDC Climate Action group.
Further information on the programme is available in a video clip with Dr Paul Blaschke here.

Save the Dates:

The Climate Action Group
Is very keen to get a large and broad  audience for the ‘Building a Climate of Hope’ Webinars. They need help with the promotion over the next month: 
We need a project-oriented advisor to help us plan and implement comms and marketing for this series, so that we can achieve maximum impact with a large, diverse, and engaged audience. This is a paid one-month project. If this kind of work is important to you, and you’d like to be involved, please contact

Other RDC Events this month

The Year 12 Leadership Diversity Days
We are looking forward to being with Year 12 students from a number of  Auckland secondary schools on the marae in Unitec, Mt Albert, on Wednesday 24 May. The South Auckland Day will take place on the marae in MIT, Otara on Thursday 1 June.
Central to the Day’s  programme are presentations from students of their own age group, addressing a topical issue from the perspective of their different religions, followed by lively small group discussions.   The South Auckland students will also have the privilege of meeting and hearing from Meng Foon, Race Relations Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission.

Religious Diversity Workshops
We are planning a programme of workshops in different parts of the country for later in the year.  Can we offer one in your community, school staff room or workplace? For further information about the workshops see our website.
If you would like to check details or ask for further information, please be in touch.

We hope to see you at our webinar series on Building a Climate of Hope, E tū te mana o Te Ao.

Ngā mihi nui,
The Religious Diversity Centre