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.

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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. 

Date/Time Event
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
International Humanist and Ethical Union Parliamentary Reception
Banquet Hall Foyer, Wellington
03/08/2018 - 04/08/2018
All Day
Humanist International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 3 - 4 August 2018
Heritage Hotel,, Auckland


Latest Newsletter

  • Humanist Newsletter May 2018 - Kia ora: Planning is progressing for the NZ Humanist Conference and IHEU General Assembly 3- 6 August. We have inspiring speakers and meeting with both international humanists and our fellow humanist kiwis will be a stimulating occasion. Blasphemy Law in NZ is getting closer in its progress towards repeal. Submissions for the Repeal of Section […]


  • Tickets now available for the Humanist International Conference 2018, Auckland, 3-4 August - We’re pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the Humanist International Conference 2018. Part of a series of events held alongside the IHEU General Assembly, this conference brings together human rights campaigners and humanist leaders from around the world for a once in a lifetime event in Auckland. About the conference New […]
  • New Zealand humanists announce details of the 2018 IHEU General Assembly and conference - In August this year we’re proud to be hosting members of the International Humanist and Ethical Union for a programme of humanist events. Humanist Conference 3 & 4 August 2018, Heritage Hotel, Auckland. International Humanist and Ethical Union General Assembly, 5 August 2018, Heritage Hotel, Auckland. Parliamentary reception, 9 August, Wellington. New Zealanders are increasingly stating that they have no religious […]
  • Bus company refuses to carry human rights charity’s poster campaign because it mentions religion - A national poster campaign calling for New Zealanders who don’t practice a religion to identify as not religious in the Census on 6 March has been turned down after bus company decided at the last minute to no longer carry any advertising mentioning religion whatsoever. The campaign is being led by the Humanist Society of […]
  • Non-religious New Zealanders encouraged to say so in this year’s Census - Posters are going up across New Zealand today as part of a national advertising campaign calling for New Zealanders who don’t practice a religion to identify as not religious in the upcoming Census on 6 March. The campaign is led by the Humanist Society of New Zealand, who give a voice to the growing numbers […]
  • Submission on the End of Life Choices Bill - Today we made a submission in support of the End of Life Choices Bill. You can read our submission below.   Justice Committee Secretariat Committee Secretariat Justice Committee Parliament Buildings Wellington 29 January 2018 To the Justice Committee, Submission on the End of Life Choices Bill This submission is from the Humanist Society of New […]
  • 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 […]