Patron & Trustees
The Rt Hon Helen Clark
Patron of The Religious Diversity Centre
The Rt. Hon. Helen Clark served as Prime Minister for New Zealand from 1999 to 2008, and was the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2009 to 2017. As Patron, she launched the Religious Diversity Centre in Parliament Building in Wellington in March 2016.
“The world badly needs voices of reason and tolerance, and those who will work to build dialogue and respect across faiths and beliefs. I do believe New Zealand can show the way” – RDC Patron, the Rt Hon Helen Clark
Co-Chairperson RDC Trust
Jocelyn Armstrong, founding Chair of the Religious Diversity Centre, is a retired secondary school teacher, former ecumenical leader, inter-faith educator, researcher and writer; Christian.
Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel
Co-Chairperson RDC Trust
Dr Jenny Te Paa-Daniel is Te Mareikura of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin. She is a teacher and writer on race politics, public theology, social justice; Christian
Anthony Green is a former secretary of FIANZ (Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand). He is a freelance writer, author, editor and independent researcher, based in Christchurch; Muslim
Jon Lamb is a director of MedReleaf NZ Ltd. and an Independent Director of AFT Pharmaceuticals Ltd. He is the former Chair of the Sea Cleaners Charitable Trust and the former Chair of Zoono Ltd; Christian
Professor Paul Morris
Paul Morris is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, and holds the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious Understanding and Relations in New Zealand and the Pacific; Jewish
Professor Edwina Pio
Edwina Pio, the first Professor of Diversity in New Zealand, was appointed University Director of Diversity at Auckland University of Technology in 2017. She is Professor in the Faculty of Business, Economics & Law, and Leader of the Research Group, Immigration and Inclusion; Multifaith.
Selva Ramasami participated as a delegate to the 6th Asia-Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue in Indonesia 2012. He is experienced in community work in legal, policy and finance areas particularly for the Wellington Hindu community; Hindu
Mark Rivers is the Chief Financial Officer of the Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand, formerly CFO at Roche Pharmaceuticals Division in Switzerland. He has previously worked in various finance roles in the healthcare industry in Eastern Europe, China, Japan and the U.S.; Baha’i
Ricky Waters is the Coordinating Chaplain of the Unitec Institute of Technology Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Team, the Chaplaincy Teams at Massey University (Albany) and at Manukau Institute of Technology; Christian
The Ven Amala Wrightson
Amala Wrightson Sensei is the founder of the Auckland Zen Centre. She is also the founder and former chairperson of the New Zealand Buddhist Council and member of the American Zen Teachers’ Association (AZTA); Buddhist.