We’re a national charity that promotes Humanism. We work on behalf of the millions of New Zealanders who are not religious to make sure their voices are heard in public policy and debate. 
We promote Humanism, secularism, reason, and science.

You can donate to our work on givealittle at https://givealittle.co.nz/org/humanism.


About Humanism



About us

We regularly meet in Wellington and have members throughout New Zealand. We’re affiliated internationally to the IHEU and the United Nations Association of NZ. We are a non-profit society dedicated to Humanist thought and ideals in New Zealand. We support ethics; giving the greatest possible freedom compatible with the rights of others; the constructive use of rational thought and scientific enquiry; democracy and human rights; personal liberty combined with social responsibility; a secular world based on observation, evaluation, and revision.
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  • December Newsletter - Kia ora: With another year almost past it is time to recall our Humanist beginnings as outlined by Epicurus, who lived in Greece from 341 BC to 270 BC. Epicurus believed that what he called “pleasure” was the greatest good, but that the way to attain such pleasure was to live modestly, to gain knowledge […]


  • Freedom of Thought report for sixth year running shames New Zealand for discrimination against non-religious people - The 2017 edition of the 2017 Freedom of Thought Report has today highlighted “severe discrimination” against non-religious people in New Zealand. The report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, has called New Zealand out for the severity of our outdated blasphemy law that is still lingering in our legislation, despite repeated attempts to […]
  • Humanists actively persecuted in seven countries in 2017 – says new report from International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). - New trends in seven countries show active persecution of atheists and humanists in 2017 85 countries in total exhibit severe discrimination against non-religious individuals IHEU warns of impunity for murder of atheists, and state-supported persecution of the non-religious The 2017 Freedom of Thought Report highlights seven countries that have actively persecuted non-religious people this year. […]
  • Abortion and Euthanasia - The Humanist Society of New Zealand is currently finalizing a manifesto ahead of the upcoming political elections in September. There are many things worth lobbying for, but two that are being focused on are changing the laws around Abortion and Euthanasia.
  • New Zealand’s embarrassing Blasphemy Law to stay - Yesterday a bid to repeal New Zealand’s outdated blasphemy law was voted down, after the National and Maori parties voted against it. Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill currently making its way through Parliament, posted on his Facebook wall at 9pm […]
  • Humanist call for repeal of New Zealand’s outdated blasphemy law - The Humanist Society today renewed calls to repeal New Zealand’s outdated blasphemy law. The group cites the blasphemy investigation by Garda Síochána in Ireland against Stephen Fry as an example of how blasphemy laws are used to limit free speech and human rights. New Zealand received a ranking of extreme in the 2016 Freedom of […]
  • Chat with Jerry Coyne - Professor Jerry Coyne is the author of ‘Why Evolution is True’ (2009) where he weaves together the many threads of modern work in genetics, palaeontology, geology, molecular biology, anatomy and development to demonstrate the ‘indelible stamp’ of the processes first proposed by Darwin, and ‘Faith vs Fact’ (2015) where he asserts that ‘science and religion […]
  • Rahma Siraj wins Eileen Bone Award - Congratulations to Rahma Siraj from Naenae College, winner of this year’s Eileen Bone Award. The Eileen Bone award is a scholarship of $1000 given to help fund a first year of study at the Victoria University of Wellington. Rahma says about the award: I came to New Zealand as a refugee from Eritrea with my […]
  • Humanist Society of New Zealand elects new President - The Humanist Society of New Zealand has today announced the election of Sara Passmore as President, with a commitment to work on behalf of New Zealanders who are not religious and provide them with a crucial voice in public life. In the last census, over 41% of New Zealanders said they did not have a […]
  • Nepal Earthquake, 25th April 2015 - Within the week of May 20 to May 26, the US Geological Survey, estimates that the chance of at least one magnitude of 5 to 6 is about 40% and up to three such events are likely to occur,” the U.S. body said in its latest weekly advisory for Nepal. Chances of aftershocks of magnitude […]
  • Nepal Earthquake Appeal - A 7.9 earthquake has caused extensive damage in Kathmandu, Pokhara and surrounding areas. At this stage information is limited. Phone lines are down but news is being sent out to overseas friends via Facebook. We have news that students and staff of the SOCH Ambience International School (The Nepal Humanist Society’s school) are safe. We […]