Embracing Diversity
exploring, discerning and engaging the deep diversities of planet earth

Welcome to EarthDiverse! We are an Adult & Community Education (ACE) provider and not-for-profit social enterprise offering a wide range of Diversity Education courses. We provide programmes designed to mitigate racism, discrimination and environmental degradation through courses, seminars, activities and events that aspire to strengthen social cohesion in Aotearoa New Zealand society.

We currently offer over 100 different courses on a rotating basis, with new courses introduced each Term. Our Term 1 courses begin the week of Monday 14 February 2022. These are listed below:

EARTHDIVERSE COVID-19 POLICY: EarthDiverse fully complies with all Government regulations and has created a safe environment so that all students, staff and instructors feel comfortable. All of our instructors are fully-vaccinated, and, in addition to scanning in with the NZ Covid Tracking app, we now require all those aged 12 years and above entering our premises to present their Covid Vaccination Pass upon entry to ensure that all eligible persons have been doubly vaccinated. To make this as easy as possible, remember our 3 S System:

  • Show your Vaccine Pass
  • Scan in with your Covid Tracking app
  • Sanitise when you enter with the provided hand sanitiser and wear a mask if you wish

The majority of our courses are hybrid (they are offered as both in-person and live-streamed via Zoom). So that all of our learners can participate in our courses equally, no matter their vaccination status, both vaxxed and unvaxxed can continue to access our courses via Zoom. If you wish to attend in-person classes you must be doubly vaccinated and show your vaccine pass upon entry. 

Please keep in mind that vaccination is not about individual freedom to make our own decisions or about limiting government’s reach to legislate what we choose to do with our own bodies, but rather about keeping all members of society safe and healthy and free from either catching or passing on the virus to others. 

8 January 2022: Just received the sad news that our very first Arabic instructor, Sohaib Al Shawakik, has passed away. Sohaib taught for EarthDiverse in its very first year, when we added both Arabic and Hebrew to our nearly nonexistent language programme at the time, which consisted only of Hindi. Sohaib had to leave to return to Jordan to be with his family after his cancer diagnosis. He will forever be remembered not just his love of the Arabic language, but for the kindness and compassion with which he taught, ٱلْـحَـمْـدُ للهِ‎ . Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his wife and children, and his extended whānau and friends in both Jordan and New Zealand.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
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Sohaib teaching our first Arabic course in early 2020.

2022 Term 1 Courses Available:

EARTHDIVERSE IS MOVING! Please note that EarthDiverse will be shifting from our existing offices and classrooms at 401 Grey Street to our new offices and classrooms at 401 Anglesea Street in Hamilton’s CBD (a couple of shops north of the bus station) during the third week in January 2022.

COSTS: Please note that all of our prices are in New Zealand dollars and anyone, anywhere in the world can register for our courses at the New Zealand dollar price regardless of your location.

BRAND NEW COURSES AND WORKSHOPS FOR 2022 TERM 1:

2022 Term 2 Courses Available:

Term 2 courses begin the week of Monday 9 May 2022. All of our Term 2 course offerings will be posted once Term 1 gets underway.

BRAND NEW COURSES AND WORKSHOPS FOR 2022 TERM 2:

EarthDiverse News

NEWS: RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED: EarthDiverse is pleased to announce that beginning in 2022 Term 1 the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO), through the generosity of its Alan Leadley Memorial Fund, is providing free tuition for any young person (below the age of 30) to enrol in any of the following Religious Diversity courses offered by EarthDiverse. Depending upon the number of applicants, the scholarship is for one person in each of the four Terms throughout the year. This can either be for one person for all four Terms (allowing the recipient to enrol in a series of courses), or for four different people to take one course each Term.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for this scholarship, please send an introductory email expressing your interest for the Alan Leadley Memorial Scholarship using the Contact Form available on our Contact page accessible from the Menu Bar above. Please provide your full name, address, email address, phone number and your age at the time of submission. We will then send you an application form. The deadline for receipt of expression of interest is two weeks before the start of any given term (Our Term 1 deadline is 1 February 2022) . All applications for tuition reimbursement will be reviewed by a committee composed of members of the Waikato Interfaith Council. Recipients will be expected to meet with WIFCO members upon completion of the course(s). Open to any young person in New Zealand.

NEWS: EarthDiverse and its Urdu Language programme are featured on Karl Rock’s fabulously successful You Tube channel:

24
Dec
Religious Diversity Course Scholarships Now Available

24 December 2021: RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED: EarthDiverse is pleased to announce that beginning in 2022 Term 1 the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO), through the generosity of its Alan Leadley Memorial Fund, is providing free tuition for any young person (below the age of 30) to enrol in any of the following Religious Diversity courses offered by […]

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14
Jan
January 2021 update

EarthDiverse is just getting started. We’re a new organisation that incorporates a more comprehensive view of all that Planet 3 has to offer: one that combines all the depth and breadth of human diversity—our social, cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversities—with the vast but threatened splendor of the environmental and biological diversity of our world. In […]

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18
Mar
Thoughts in the aftermath of the Christchurch white supremacist terrorist attacks:
Thoughts in the aftermath of the Christchurch white supremacist terrorist attacks: As many of you know, my recent work and experience with the Waikato Interfaith Council, teaching Comparative Religion at the University of Waikato, and the Religious Diversity Centre has focused around the issues of our religious illiteracy and helping to raise awareness of all [...]
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