alternative lifestyle


School of Radiant Living

  • School of Radiant Living

    The School of Radiant Living was a movement active in New Zealand from the late 1930s until the late 1980s. Founder Dr Herbert Sutcliffe taught a holistic philosophy of physical, psychological and spiritual health.

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  • Page 2 – Herbert Sutcliffe

    Biography of the founder of the School of Radiant Living in New Zealand

  • Page 3 – Teachings

    The teachings of Radiant Living were complex and involved holistic psychological, physical and spiritual health.

  • Page 4 – Peloha

    'On yonder hill you will pitch your tent' prophesied the daughter of Golden Dawn founder Robert Felkin to Herbert Sutcliffe, as she pointed towards Te Mata Peak.

  • Page 5 – The Havelock work

    Havelock North has long been a centre of 'alternative thought' or liberal theology in New Zealand.

  • Page 6 – Origins of Radiant Living

    Radiant Living emerged from the American-based philosophical movement New Thought, which gained popularity in the late 19th century

  • Page 7 – Edmund Hillary

    One of the first New Zealand schools of Radiant Living was established in Auckland. Its secretary was Gertrude Hillary who reported progress early in 1939. Her son, Edmund, was

  • Page 8 – The eliminating diet

    To obtain physical fitness, it is of vital importance that the right mental attitude should accompany the food diet to enable the emotions, nerves and glands to co-operate

  • Page 9 – Salad recipes

    Colour, beauty, exquisite artistry find joyous expression in the Art of Salad Making. The homemaker who serves salads so deliciously and artistically tempting that the

  • Page 10 – Further information

    This web feature was written by Hilary Stace and produced by the team.LinksThe following biographies related to this topic can be found on the Dictionary of NZ

Rock music festivals

  • Rock music festivals

    After a hesitant beginning in the early 1970s, rock festivals hit their stride with Nambassa, Sweetwaters and a string of smaller events in the early 1980s. Following a period of decline, festivals are today as popular as ever with Laneway, WOMAD and others catering to a wide range of musical taste.

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  • Page 3 – Nambassa

    No-one predicted the success of the 1979 Nambassa Festival which drew over 65,000 fans.


  • Baxter, James Keir

    Acknowledged as New Zealand’s most accomplished poet, Baxter is also well known for his lifestyle and the counter-cultural community he established beside the Whanganui River.