The Humanist Society of New Zealand (Inc) is an organisation that promotes Humanist philosophy and ideals. It meets in Wellington with members throughout New Zealand, and is 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.The Society supports: 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, rather than any fixed dogma; the fulfilment of human potential through the visual and performing arts, music, and literature; and Humanism as a life stance aiming at the maximum possible fulfilment through ethical and creative living available to everyone everywhere.

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Date/Time Event
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The 2015 NZ Humanist Year - your Recollections & Comments
Southern Cross Bar, Wellington

Latest Newsletter

  • December 2015 - Kia ora: In the 1730’s in his Essay on Man Alexander Pope wrote ‘Hope springs eternal’ – an aspiration so applicable at the moment. A friend in Nepal told us that every day, Nepali people wake with the hope that the blockade at their country’s border with India has been lifted so that supplies of […]


  • Rahma Siraj 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 […]
  • Sara Passmore 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 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 […]
  • News from Ambience International School Kathmandu, Nepal - The school year is coming to an end and senior students are preparing for their final external school examinations. At the end of March the school will hold a Parents Day with performances by students and the awarding of school prizes, quite similar to NZ School Prize Giving. The new school year will begin later […]
  • End Blasphemy Laws International Campaign calls for End of Blasphemy Laws - The Humanist Society of New Zealand is today among the founding partners heading a new, unified campaign for the abolition of “blasphemy” laws worldwide. The End Blasphemy Laws campaign is being run by a new International Coalition Against Blasphemy Laws bringing together organizations that share the same goal: campaigning to repeal “blasphemy” and related laws […]
  • Free Speech New Zealand Humanists, Secularists and Atheists call for strengthening of free speech in wake of Charlie Hebdo terror attack - The Humanist Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists are calling on politicians to repeal New Zealand’s Blasphemy Law. The terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo offices have highlighted the need to overtly emphasise the value that New Zealanders have for free thought and speech. New Zealand’s anachronistic Blasphemy Law […]
  • Je suis Charlie HSNZ statement on Charlie Hebdo attack - The Humanist Society of New Zealand is appalled and deeply concerned by the recent attack on the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, on Wednesday 7 January that resulted in the deaths of twelve people and the wounding of eleven others, four of them seriously. This attack must be of concern to […]
  • Duart House Future Directions of Rationalism and Humanism - World class speakers Professor Martin Manning, Professor Guy Standing, Dr Russell Wills, and Sara Passmore will discuss the world’s moral dilemmas. A key event for Humanists, Rationalists, Skeptics and you. Please check out the Hawke’s Bay Conference, February 13th – 15th 2015.
  • News from Nepal - Ambience International School (AIS) has just begun its third term for 2014. The students have returned from a month-long nationwide holiday for the Festivals of Dashain and Tihar, the longest school holiday in Nepal. Dashain is a festival with an emphasis on family gatherings and renewal of community ties. People reunite from all parts of […]


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