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

andrew-murrayAndrew Murray (Acting Chair) DP of Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth.



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



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



linda-aitchisonLinda Aitchison Head of Senior Social Studies at Rosehill College.



NB. As of 2017 RSTAANZ has co-opted Hari Prasad as Treasurer. (Director – BGC Accountants Ltd)
We are very grateful for his kindness in serving the association.

(Due to a couple of resignations two interim appointments are pending. We thank Anita Neilson & Susan Mudford for their work on the exec. and  particularly acknowledge the work of Philomena Clare who has resigned due to returning to Ireland to be with ailing parents. Our prayers are with her and her whānau.)