Clergy should read the opening prayer in New Zealand Parliament

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has suggested that diverse religious leaders should read the opening prayer in New Zealand House of Representatives on a rotation basis. Currently, per Standing Order 62, “at the commencement of each sitting, the Speaker reads a prayer to the House”. Sometimes, the Speaker delegates another House Member to say it. […]

Hindus plead for public holiday on Diwali in New Zealand

Hindus are seeking public holiday in New Zealand on Diwali, the most popular of their festivals; starting 2022. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was not fair with New Zealand Hindu community as they had to be at work/school on their most popular festival while there […]

Like Christchurch, Hindus urge Auckland to shut down a busy street for yoga

Like Christchurch’s busy Colombo Street which was reportedly shut down on Sunday for few hours for yoga and other activities, Hindus are urging Auckland Council to do the same with a busy road in Auckland (New Zealand). Hundreds of yogis and others doing yoga together outdoors on a major Auckland street would bring the spirit […]

Shocked Hindus strongly condemn Christchurch mosques massacre

Hindus have strongly condemned massacre during Friday prayers at two Christchurch (New Zealand) area mosques; and expressed sympathy to victims. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said: We are deeply saddened by this horrific tragedy. Our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones and the entire […]

2% New Zealanders identify with Hinduism

About two per cent people in New Zealand identify with Hinduism, according to a recent research report “Faith and Belief in New Zealand”. “New Zealand is becoming an increasingly secular nation…More than half of Kiwis (55%) do not identify with any main religion…This secularisation has been steadily increasing over the last decade or so”, this […]

Hindus urge New Zealand to offer greater respect & protection to Maori sacred sites

In view of Playboy model nude photo-shoot on sacred Mount Taranaki, Hindus are urging New Zealand government to offer effective protection to indigenous Maori sacred sites and make sure those were not disrespected in the future. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Mount Taranaki was of enormous […]

Hindus term religious instruction in New Zealand schools “inappropriate”

Hindus feel that current religious instruction in New Zealand primary schools is inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that instead of focusing on just one religion; all major religions, including Hinduism, should be taught in New Zealand primary schools. The existing religious instruction focused on and favoring one […]

$5 million Hindu Ram Temple opening in New Zealand

A $5 million Shri Ram Mandir, a Hindu temple and community complex in Henderson, about 13 kilometers from Auckland (New Zealand) city center, will formally do Grand Opening on June 13, concluding eight days of ceremonies starting June six. A project of Shri Ram Mandir Charitable Trust, a registered charity established in 2011, whose objectives […]

Worldwide Hindus want Auckland Shiva statue to stay

Hindus worldwide want the newly installed Lord Shiva statue in rural Auckland (New Zealand) to stay. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, pointed out that since the New Zealand constitution and other policies/laws protected religious freedom; we urge New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Auckland Mayor Len Brown […]

New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty to have its 1st Hindu temple soon

Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Tauranga’s first Hindu temple, is reportedly set to open in the next few months. The reports suggest that building consent has been obtained for this two-storey Mandir and the construction is expected to begin in the next few days. Since 2012, religious services have been held in a shed; and before that […]

New Zealand to have $5 million Hindu Ram Temple in few months

A $5 million Shri Ram Mandir, a Hindu temple and community complex in Henderson, about 13 kilometers from Auckland (New Zealand) city center, currently under construction, will reportedly be ready in the next few months. A project of Shri Ram Mandir Charitable Trust, a registered charity, whose objectives include enhancing “cross-cultural understanding”; this three-level complex […]