Scientology in New Zealand research UPDATE: This thread is for information and research into the Scientology Organisation's presence and activities in New Zealand, and their various front organisations, several of which have recieved government funding. If you've got new information or suggestions, this is the place to put it. Our research into Narconon on Enturbulation has been mentioned in the Sunday Star Times (16/03) so feel welcome newcomers! There's a discussion thread for the current tax-exempt status of the "Church of Scientology of New Zealand Incorporated" here: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/showpost.php?p=86437. We're gathering information about how they got it from the IRD, and whether it can be revoked. The list so far of Scientology-related organisations we know to be active in NZ (as of 21/03/08 ) *World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE). The business arm of Scientology; implicated in NZ fraud in 2002 *Citizens Commision on Human Rights (CCHR). The anti-psychiatry and medication lobbying arm of Scientology *Youth for Human Rights (YHR or YfHR) - CCHR for kids, promotes Scientology and casts Hubbard as a humanitarian leader; not to be confused with other real youth human rights organisations *Narconon - drug addiction program using Scientology tech (for which they pay a licensing free), saunas and dangerously high levels of vitamins. Ngati Arohanui Trust in Auckland has been using the Narconon method; they have recieved govt funding in the past *Drug Free Ambassadors (DFA). Anti-drug program for children; pushes Scientology and LRH's debunked pseudoscientific theories of addiction. Has recieved govt funding to distribute booklets *Applied Scholastics - umbrella organisation for groups, schools etc using Scientology 'Study tech.' Three NZ listings on the official Applied Scholastics site; haven't been looked into much *We keep turning up more, so if there's any not listed that are active in NZ, post and I'll update! This thread is also for brainstorming suggestions and ideas on how New Zealanders can spread information about the Scientology Organisation and their activities to the general public and the media, effectively protest their harmful activities in New Zealand, and reach out to New Zealand Scientologists who are suffering because of their harmful policies. We're especially keen to hear from ex-Scientologists and long-term critics of Scientology in New Zealand. Information, ideas and suggestions are welcome; this is primarily a research thread so please stay on topic, guys. For a good introduction to NZ Scientology, especially the financial aspects, I suggest that you read the excellent 10/02/2008 Sunday Star Times article by Tony Wall. The full text can be found on the Sunday Star Times website here www.stuff.co.nz/sundaystartimes/4403031a6619.html.It contains lots of background information on the Scientology organisation in New Zealand and includes juicy tidbits like a (former?) Scientologist's involvement with the Employment Relations Authority: WISE is also active in NZ: Mike Fenriss, the secretary of the "Church of Scientology of New Zealand Incorporated" admitted that they had a Scientology critic tailed when he visited New Zealand: Graham Berry is involved in the Los Angeles protests, and he's helping the LA Anons who are being fairgamed by the CoS. On the "church's" tax-exempt status: Scientology staff in New Zealand are exploited: There were protests held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Saturday March 15, and in Auckland and Christchurch on the 10th of February. We're currently planning Reconnection-themed ones for April 12th - look in the Activism folder to get involved! There is a New Zealand-specific forum and back-up hub at www.nzraid.info.