24 October 2014
In response to the Bahá’í community’s ongoing representations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran, Hon Murray McCully advised that he had spoken about this with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in Tehran recently. Mr McCully indicated that although Mr Zarif was “understanding” of the concerns raised it will be “necessary to maintain pressure and keep open channels for dialogue on these issues…” The ongoing desecration of the... Read more >
26 September 2014
New Zealand’s Bahá’í community have been honoured with a prestigious NZ Diversity Action Award by the Human Rights Commission for their outstanding efforts to strengthen race relations in New Zealand.
“Everyone knows young people are crucial to the future of our country but the Bahá’í Race Unity Speech Competition and Conference addresses the importance of engaging young people now, not waiting until they’re adults,” says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
“New Zealand’s Bahá’í community have... Read more >
30 August 2014
The New Zealand Bahá'í community was among twelve recipients recognised for its “outstanding contribution to diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand” over the last 10 years.
The Award Ceremony concluded the Diversity Forum, held at the University of Canterbury on the 24th and 25th of August. The forum is sponsored annually by... Read more >
21 August 2014
The arrest last week of five Baha'is in Tehran signals a rising tide of detainments and imprisonments of Baha'is in Iran in recent months, says Bev Watson of the NZ Baha'i community. Since June, at least 14 Baha'is have been arrested. The Baha'i Faith is Iran's largest religious minority. “We are deeply concerned that this trend exemplifies a pattern of systematic persecution of Iranian... Read more >
13 August 2014
The resumed demolition of an historic Baha’i cemetery in Shiraz, Iran, has horrified the Bahá'í community says Bev Watson, Director... Read more >
4 August 2014
Tuesday 29 July 2014
When Hon. Annette King (Labour MP for Rongotai) was briefed by Bahá’ís in her electorate about the persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran, she suggested that a petition be lodged in Parliament that would draw attention to this issue and call on the New Zealand government “to take a clearly defined action”. This suggestion was welcomed by the Bahá’í community and... Read more >