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Religious Freedom


 Richard is currently advocating for change in the observance and practice of religion in State schools, commerce, and public institutions. Richard seeks to maintain the separation of Church and State, and reduce the potential for discrimination on the basis of one’s religious and philosophical beliefs.

Richard has a masters degree in law from Harvard where he studied human rights including the legal history of the right to freedom of religion in the United States.

He argued the first case in the High Court seeking a declaration of inconsistency (DOI) between the secular education provisions of the Education Act and the anti-discrimination sections of the Bill of Rights: McClintock v The Attorney-General & Red Beach School [2016] NZHC 592.