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The NZ Humanists are a national charity that promotes humanism, secularism, reason, and science. We work on behalf of the millions of New Zealanders who are not religious, ensuring their voices are heard in public policy and debate.

We regularly meet in Wellington, and have members throughout New Zealand.

We are 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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August 2021 Newsletter

 Kia ora: Before the advent of modern global communication with Email and Facebook and various other social media platforms, the Internet, which allows us to search out information, we were isolated and insular in what we knew about the situations of other people and communities beyond our shores. But today, we are frighteningly aware of so much hardship and difficulties for others in various places around the world. Today is DAY 455 of Mubarak Bala’s unjust imprisonment. His court case for 14 July 2021 was postponed to 22 July 2021. But again, this date has gone with no Court Hearing and no further news except the Facebook Vigil which continues with a daily post recording this cruel passing of time. Moderate Muslims make no comment on this barbaric situation. There are water shortages in Khouzestan province, South Iran, as the Iranian regime has closed water sources forcing Iranian Arabs and Sunni minorities to leave their lands and cities. The Islamic regime are killing people of this area protesting...

July 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora: Mubarak Bala’s Humanist friends have now marked 425 days of his illegal detention. It is also 425 days of pain and anxiety for his wife, Amina, and 425 days that his son, just new-born at the time of Mubarak’s arrest, has not been able to know his father. With no means of communication with his family, these 425 days are very dark.  On Day 424 Leo Igwe, Humanists International Board member, wrote "Bala’s life is in peril, not in America or in Europe but in Africa, to be specific in Northern Nigeria. Bala’s life has been in danger not for being black in a dominantly white society, but for being an atheist in a predominantly Muslim section of the country. Bala’s life has been at risk due to institutionalized oppression and persecution of persons who are open about their atheism in Muslim communities. Bala’s case has highlighted the inability of atheists and persons who hold views that are critical of Allah or the prophet of Islam to ‘breathe’ in Muslim majority societies." Humanists...

June 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora: Humanists in Nigeria have maintained a daily Vigil of Facebook posts for the unlawful detention of their President, Mubarak Bala. Today’s Facebook post - DAY 398 (31 May) Human Beings over Human Beliefs. A year has now past and still no release to freedom for Mubarak. Humanist NZ continues our monthly Vigil of noting the passing of the months. One year of months has already passed - when will freedom be gained? Mubarak is a symbol for all humanists who fear for their lives in dogmatic theistic countries. · Monthly Meeting Monday 14 June 6.30 pm until 9.00pm (Note usual 1st Monday 7 June is the Queen’s Birthday public holiday) Talking Humanism Sara Passmore will lead us in a discussion on the basic principles of humanism. There are a number of statements that encapsulate humanism, and both Humanists International and the American Humanist Association have great summaries of what humanism is: “Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance which affirms that human beings have the right and...

May 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora: As I begin this May Newsletter, I am very conscious that today 28 April 2021 is DAY 365 of the unlawful detention of Mubarak Bala, President of the Nigerian Humanist Society. Humanist communities around the world have been waiting in vigil as every day passes. Our Humanist NZ newsletter has reported about Mubarak’s barbaric incarceration in every issue from May 2020. The Facebook post deemed blasphemous said “There is no difference between Prophet TB Joshua (S.A.W) of Lagos and Muhammad (A.S.) of Saudi Arabia, it is better that ours in Nigeria is not terrorism.” Humanists International in collaboration with its Members and Associates will publish an open letter addressed to the Governor of Kano State seeking Mubarak’s immediate release. A 5-minute documentary will be released to recap this last year without Mubarak Bala. Humanist NZ is a member organisation with Humanists International. On the 100th day of Mubarak’s detention Wole Soyinka wrote “I write today to tell you that you are not alone,...

Humanist NZ Newsletter April 2021

Kia ora: DAY 328!!! It is distressing to yet again begin this month’s Newsletter with noting how many days Mubarak Bala, the President of the Nigerian Humanist Society has been unlawfully detained in prison in Kano, Nigeria. A fellow Nigerian Humanist is continuing his daily posting on Facebook marking Mubarak’s detention. DAY 323 marked Mubarak’s son’s first birthday. The personal suffering being inflicted on Mubarak, his wife and son by Nigerian Islamists is untenable. Nigeria and other African countries are also troubled with belief in witches. Leo Igwe, a board member of Humanist International has formed a support organisation Advocacy4AllegedWitches. It is horrifying that in Liberia a six- year old girl has been expelled from her school on suspicion of witchcraft. Advocacy4AllegedWitches is supporting this young girl and her parents to have this innocent child reinstated in school. In our own country as Easter approaches re-enactment of the Easter story occurs in religious groups. In the Philippines it...

Humanist NZ Newsletter March 2021

Kia ora: Another year of Humanism begins. In 2021 we will continue to work towards developing a training programme for non-religious pastoral support. Thank you to the people who have indicated their interest in the training. A growing area in Humanist advocacy is supporting and making known the situation of Humanists at Risk. During late December and January Humanist NZ wrote letters to the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding Humanists in difficult and life-threatening situations. We wrote in support of Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, a Swedish-Iranian freethinker, academic and researcher in Disaster Medicine who was facing an imminent death sentence in Iran on false charges of espionage. A news report states that Dr Djalali received a reprieve from execution and was able to escape to the UK. We also wrote in support of Zara Kay, an Australian citizen detained in Tanzania. Zara is an ex-Muslim atheist, secular activist, and women's rights activist, based in London. Zara is the founder of Faithless Hijabi, an...

Humanist NZ Newsletter December 2020

Kia ora: Humanist NZ wishes our humanist friends refreshing and relaxing days over the summer. The world is a different place to that which we enjoyed when we sent out the March 2020 newsletter. Covid-19 has changed our world. Can we rebuild a world with equality and compassion? Mubarak Bala, President of the Nigerian Humanist Society, is still in detention after more than 200 days waiting for a ruling on his case to be delivered by the Abuja High Court on Human Rights Day, 10 December. Humanists International (HI) is also concerned about free thinker Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a Swedish-Iranian academic and researcher in Disaster Medicine who is sentenced to death in Iran on false charges of espionage. His execution is imminent. In response to a HI request to global humanist groups, Humanist NZ has written to the New Zealand Iranian Embassy asking that this execution is halted. We have also alerted Nanaia Mahuta, our Minister of Foreign Affairs, to this situation. ·         Monthly Meeting...

November 2020

Humanist Society of New Zealand (Inc.), PO Box 3372, Wellington, New Zealand – Registered Charity No. CC36074 The Humanist Society of New Zealand is a Member Organisation of the International Humanist and Ethical Union Humanist NZ Newsletter –November 2020 Kia ora: It is now 181 days that Mubarak Bala has been detained in Nigeria for holding Islam to objective scrutiny. It was with relief that the global Humanist community heard that Mubarak’s Fundamental Rights case was finally heard in Abuja, Nigeria on 19 October. No defence was entered by the authorities. The judge has adjourned provisionally until 10 December for judgement. This inhumane waiting continues. The advocacy work of Humanists International continues after the 2020 General Assembly was held online on 16 October. Almost 100 representatives of Humanist organisations around the world participated. For Humanist NZ this meant a 2am rendezvous with the Northern hemisphere. It is hoped to meet up in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2021. If Covid-19 is still...

Humanist NZ Newsletter – October 2020

Humanist Society of New Zealand (Inc.), PO Box 3372, Wellington, New Zealand – Registered Charity No. CC36074 The Humanist Society of New Zealand is a Member Organisation of the International Humanist and Ethical Union Kia ora: On April 28 2020 Murabak Bala, President, Nigerian Humanist Society, was detained in Northern Nigeria. It is now Day 154, five months later, and there is no word of his whereabouts. Murabak’s crime: in a Facebook post Murabak allegedly insulted Prophet Muhammad by writing: “Fact is, you have no life after this one. You have been dead before, long before you were born, billions of years of death.” It is a tragic feature of our modern world where there is so much advancement in science and the understanding of our human nature and psyche that primitive religious concepts remain embedded in societies such as Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Iran. Humanists International receives on average thirteen requests for help every month from persons unable to live life safely as a non-religious...

September 2020 Newsletter

Humanist Society of New Zealand (Inc.), PO Box 3372, Wellington, New Zealand – Registered Charity No. CC36074 The Humanist Society of New Zealand is a Member Organisation of the International Humanist and Ethical Union Humanist NZ Newsletter –September 2020 Kia ora: There is a sombre mood with the sentencing of the individual who killed 51 people and injured 40 at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch. The grief the families feel for their lost loved ones is indescribable. Others suffer lasting injuries, and many lives have been disrupted with grief and injury. No individual has the right to unilaterally take another’s life. All lives are important and need to be respected. Our country is a secular nation which ensures that all people have the right to freedom of religion and belief, and the right to freedom of expression - but not the right to unilaterally take the lives of others, or cause harm to others. ·            Monthly meeting Monthly...