Our Objectives

The objectives of RSTAANZ are:

  • To promote the study and teaching of Religious Studies;
  • To provide a forum for those interested or engaged in teaching Religious Studies to express views, exchange ideas and share knowledge;
  • To represent professionally, the views of teachers of Religious Studies;
  • To develop and promote professional learning opportunities for teachers of Religious Studies;
  • To liaise with individuals, groups and other associations with an interest in promoting the study of religion and the aims of Religious Studies.


Our Constitution has been confirmed and registered in 2016.

Meet the Interim Executive Committee

philomena-clare Philomena Clare (Interim Chair) Former HOD RE and Religious Education Advisor for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland.

susan-mudford Susan Mudford (Secretary) Head of the Christian Education Department, Saint Kentigern College.

andrew-murray Andrew Murray (Deputy Chair) DP of Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth.

amjadali Amjad Ali Assistant Principal, Head of Religious Studies, Digital Technology and Guidance at Al-Madinah School.

colin-macleod Colin MacLeod Former DRS at Kavanagh College, Dunedin. Director of the National Centre of Religious Studies (For Catholic schools).

linda-aitchison Linda Aitchison Head of Senior Social Studies at Rosehill College

NB. RSTAANZ has co-opted Hari Prasad as Treasurer. (Director – BGC Accountants Ltd)