What was known as the ‘Nelson System’ allowed schools to close officially for half an hour per week, during which time religious instruction took place.


NZ Council for Christian Education is established. The National Council for Churches cooperated with the Bible in Schools League to form the NZ Council for Christian Education, which liaised between churches and the Education Department to service the Nelson system.


The Churches Education Commission (CEC) was formed as the successor to the NZ Council for Christian Education.


Approximately 2500 volunteers teaching the CRE programme in over 650 schools throughout New Zealand.


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