Keeping the Faith: Religious Trends in the Waikato

October 12, 2007

Author: Hamilton City Council

Source: Scoop Independent News

An important community exhibition and education programme on religious diversity in the Waikato opens at the Waikato Museum today. The exhibition focuses on nine religious groups that are either part of significant religious trends or key historical players in the Waikato, or that have made a unique impact on the 'spiritual landscape' of the region.

Through objects, photography, music and film, the exhibition explores the region’s religious diversity, and aims to encourage a climate of mutual respect in the community. The exhibition is accompanied by an educational programme on religious diversity for schools, and a series of panel discussions on the Statement on Religious Diversity, religion and schools, religious themes in art, and the future of religion and belief in New Zealand.

The exhibition was opened by Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres, who said that it was taking place in a year that had already been very significant for religious diversity in New Zealand and internationally[.]