Humanist International Conference 2018

Auckland, New Zealand, 3 - 4 August 2018

New Zealanders are increasingly stating that they have no religious affiliation.
We’re fast approaching a tipping point where non-religious beliefs and values will be held by the majority.

So, what happens in a country when the beliefs and values we share are based on our humanity?
How does public life adapt to a changing society? How do we protect human rights and freedom of expression?

This conference, organised by the NZ Humanists, NZARH and IHEU, brings speakers and delegates from New Zealand and around the world to share their unique experiences – ones that will to help shape our future.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to hear inspiring talks, meet incredible activists,
and be part of New Zealand’s future.






No Religion




Our conference brings together some of the most engaging and fascinating Humanists from around the world, and gives you a unique opportunity to hear from them all on a single day.

Gulalai Ismail

Gulalai Ismail is a Pashtun human rights activist from Pakistan and chairperson of Aware Girls and the Seeds of Peace network. She speaks on the subject of promoting peace in Pakistan and women's empowerment at conferences internationally and is the recipient of the...

Leo Igwe

Nigerian human rights advocate and humanist. Igwe has specialized in campaigning against and documenting the impacts of child witchcraft accusations. He holds a Ph.D from the Bayreuth International School of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth in Germany,...

Imtiaz Shams

Shams is an ex-muslim and co-founder of Faith to Faithless,a non-profit organisation in the United Kingdom dedicated to confronting discrimination against non-religious people. In particular, discrimination towards individuals who have left minority religions. It...

Jackie Clark

Aunty in Charge, The Aunties If you’re curious about what I/we do, it is simply this. I am the interface between a number of community organisations, and a group of people called The Aunties whose primary focus is to provide the material needs for the people who use...

Catherine Low

Manager of Community, Effective Altruism Catherine Low currently teaches Ethics and Physics at a high school in New Zealand. In her youth she was obsessed with finding out the secrets of the universe, and gained a PhD in particle physics from The University of...

Andrew Copson

IHEU, Chief Executive Humanists UK Andrew became Chief Executive in January 2010 after five years coordinating Humanists UK’s education and public affairs work. His writing on humanist and secularist issues has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and...

Māori atheists Te Henare & Eru Hiko-Tahuri

In the 2013 census 46% of Māori said they had no religion. However, Eru Hiko-Tahuri, who blogs and writes under the name The Heretical Hori states that ‘there are very few Māori who would admit to being atheist". Eru Hiko-Tahuri, and founder of Māori...

Joseph Bulbulia

School of Humanities, University of Auckland Joseph Bulbulia is a professor in the School of Humanities at the University of Auckland, where he serves as the McClaurin Goodfellow Chair in Theological and Religious Studies. Joseph’s research applies systematic...

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Find out what we have planned for the weekend - check out our incredible sessions and the full list of speakers.


Conference tickets cover the Friday night welcome event & Saturday conference day event. Gala dinner tickets include thre three course meal and awards ceremony on the Saturday evening.

Register for the International Humanist and Ethical Union General Assembly

The 2018 IHEU General Assembly (GA) will take place on Sunday 5 August 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand, as part of several events we’re hosting. .

The General Assembly brings together representatives of IHEU Member Organisations from all over the world to form the democratic governing body of the IHEU. It is open to delegates of an IHEU Member Organisation and Individual Supporters of the IHEU.

Register for the IHEU General Assembly

Following the conference IHEU will be holding its General Assembly. Information about the GA can be found on the IHEU website.


Our venue for the weekend is Auckland’s iconic century-old Heritage Hotel.

Situated in the heart of the City, you will be a short walk to the

Viaduct, Sky City and other attractions.

Conference Venue


Our weekend venue, the Heritage Hotel, is offering special rates for all our delegates. A Superior Room is $179.00, and a Deluxe Suite is $204.00.

Please book directly with the hotel to access this special rate
using the promotional code NZARH.

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