Children and young people

26-08-2014 - Human Rights Commission welcomes investment in Christchurch’s children

Type: Media Release

The Todd Foundation’s investment in the children and young people of Christchurch has been welcomed by the Human Rights Commission. “The foundation’s new initiative ‘Our Christchurch: A project for Christchurch’s children and youth – today and tomorrow’ is a brilliant example of leadership by investing long term in Christchurch’s people, children and future,” said Chief Human […]

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19-08-2014 - The Right To Work: Young New Zealanders in South Auckland

Type: Media Release, News, Opinion piece

Young people will be increasingly relied upon as wage earners, decision makers and leaders and maximising the employment potential of young New Zealanders will play a crucial role in our country’s future. Worryingly, for many young people in Aotearoa New Zealand their right to work is greatly hindered. “Our unemployment rate is currently tracking at 6% […]

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18-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission urges Police to meet with whanau over noho marae search

Type: Media Release

Reports of a night raid by Police officers from Taranaki on children staying overnight at Stratford’s Whakaahurangi Marae are disturbing says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “What is clear is that we have some traumatised kids and their whanau wanting to know why they were lined up in the middle of the night in […]

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09-07-2014 - Learning Te Reo: One Word At A Time #TeKupu

Type: Blog, Opinion piece, Viewpoint

As Māori Language Week nears, Race Relations Commissioner and Māori language student Dame Susan Devoy says instead of making a maunga out of a molehill we should look to our kids for inspiration. Tracing my whakapapa or family tree is something I’m looking forward to and there are some awesome people who are going to […]

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04-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission welcomes Government initiatives to address violence

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed Government initiatives to address family violence made this week. “Family violence remains the greatest human rights issue facing New Zealanders,” says EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. “All of us, no matter who we are or where we live deserve a life that is free from violence. This is a […]

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01-07-2014 - Keeping our children safe from bullying

Type: Other

The Ministry of Education’s Secretary for Education and Chief Executive, Peter Hughes, acknowledges that we still have long way to go before bullying is eliminated “from our schools, and from our culture”. In this piece in The Dominion Post Hughes discusses the reasons for setting up the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group to support schools and […]

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23-06-2014 - Bullying guidelines for schools significant step forward – Human Rights Commission

Type: Media Release

The publication of the Ministry of Education’s bullying prevention guidelines for schools is significant says the Human Rights Commission. “Children have a right to be free from violence and abuse while at school and our schools need support to ensure this becomes a reality,” said Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford. “Now there are clear […]

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23-06-2014 - Commissioner Jackie Blue’s Panel address on “New Zealand’s international obligations and international initiatives around the elimination of violence against women and children”

Type: News, Other, Speech, Statement

Beehive Theatrette, Wellington 18 June 2014 Thank you for the opportunity to view this very powerful film “Just before losing everything” which focuses on domestic violence and the workplace. I have been asked to talk briefly about New Zealand’s international obligations and international initiatives around the elimination of violence against women and children. Firstly I […]

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17-06-2014 - Almost one in four New Zealanders were identified as disabled in 2013

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Almost one in four New Zealanders were identified as disabled in 2013, according to the New Zealand Disability Survey released today by Statistics New Zealand.   This was up from 20 percent in 2001. A total of 1.1 million people (24 percent of the population) were identified as disabled. The results show that 11 percent of […]

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17-06-2014 - Violence is New Zealand’s biggest human rights issue – Human Rights Commission

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Glenn Report and urged all political parties to work together to realise the human rights of all New Zealanders. “Violence is the biggest human rights issue facing New Zealanders, it always has been: it’s up to all of us to change this,” says Human Rights Commissioner Jackie Blue. […]

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