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.

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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  • November Newsletter - Kia ora: It is very informative reading about the Forest of the Charter 1217. Guy Standing’s article on the 800th Anniversary coming up on November 6 was printed in our September newsletter. How did society lose sight of the importance of the rights of ordinary people to the right to subsistence. The present inequalities of […]


  • 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  • New Zealand’s embarrassing Blasphemy Law to stay - Yesterday a bid to repeal New Zealand’s outdated blasphemy law was voted down, after the National and Maori parties voted against it.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  • Humanist call for repeal of New Zealand’s outdated blasphemy law - The Humanist Society today renewed calls to repeal New Zealand’s outdated blasphemy law.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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]