Children and young people

22-04-2014 - VIDEO: Physical inactivity means this generation may die five years before their parents

Type: Video

For the fist time in history, this generation may die five years younger than their parents. Soaring childhood obesity rates are threatening to take years off our children’s lives and ignoring the problem is not an option. MOVE1 is a community dedicated to solving this crisis through campaigning to ensure that children get physically active. […]

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17-04-2014 - Commission presents Waitakere College Indian Culture Group with Inclusiveness Award

Type: Acknowledgement, Presentation

On the 11th of April Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson and Human Rights Specialist Julie Watson traveled to Waitakere College to present their Indian Culture Group with the Te Urunga Award for Inclusiveness during their school assembly. The group consisting of 22 members, included Snehal Mevasia and Ashwant Naidu, two students from the from the schools’ […]

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16-04-2014 - Award winning speech from the NZ Race Unity Speech Awards thrills judges

Type: Event, Speech

A provocative and thought provoking speech on race relations has won Thai An Vo top place over 180 students in the National finals of the annual NZ Race Unity Speech Awards held last weekend. The students were tasked with explaining how they related to race relations in New Zealand by interpreting a traditional Maori proverb and […]

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16-04-2014 - The French Embassy is calling on young Kiwis to apply for a Human Rights programme in Paris.

Type: Event, Media Release, Other

The Embassy of France has launched a call for applications to young New Zealanders to apply for a fantastic mobility programme in Paris centered on the theme of human rights and liberties. The programme is entitled “Les droits de l’Homme au XXIe siècle : s’engager pour demain” (Human rights in the XXIst century: take action for […]

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14-04-2014 - EVENT RECAP: 2014 Summerz End Youth Fest

Type: Event

On Friday the 4th of April, the annual Summerz End Youth Fest roared back into life hosting a range of great music performances including Titanium. Each year the Summerz End Youth Fest is held with the aim of bridging the gap between youth from all walks of life and our communities, by creating a sense […]

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11-12-2012 - Call for national plan to end child poverty

Type: Media Release

  The Human Rights Commission is calling for cross-party support for a national action plan to reduce child poverty. Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson said such a plan is needed to set clear targets and ways to monitor progress. “A plan to reduce child poverty is aligned with the goals the Government has set for […]

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07-12-2012 - Commission presents submission on Minimum Wage (Starting Out Wage) Amendment Bill

Type: Submission

The Human Rights Commission presented its submission on the Minimum Wage (Starting Out Wage) Amendment Bill to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on Wednesday. The Commission stated its opposition to the Bill, arguing that it fails basic human rights tests. The Bill means that co-workers in the same workplace doing the same job could […]

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23-10-2012 - New review calls on Police to improve youth detention

Type: Media Release

A new review is calling for Police to improve their training and the treatment of young people in custody. The joint thematic review of young persons in Police detention was conducted by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA), the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and is the first joint […]

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16-08-2012 - Chief Commissioner calls for education sector to adopt Law Commission’s anti bullying recommendations

Type: Media Release

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says it is time for more action on bullying in New Zealand schools. The Law Commission’s advice to the Minister of Justice on cyber bullying has rightly said it is pointless to just address cyber bullying in schools. The focus needs to be on reducing bullying, including cyber bullying. […]

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19-07-2012 - Schools have legal duty to enrol students with disabilities

Type: Media Release, Statement

Schools have a legal duty under the Education Act and the Human Rights Act to enrol students who have special education needs whether because of a disability or otherwise on the same basis as other students. The Commission says the interpretation of the Human Rights Act as reported in the story “Schools can refuse to […]

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