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07-04-2014 - Human Rights Commission urges New Zealand women to get stroppy

Type: Media Release

Human Rights Commissioner for Women, Jackie Blue is urging women to get stroppy to affect change this election year. Dr Blue said as well as paid parental leave New Zealand women are facing many other important issues. “Violence against women and children is an appalling, pervasive abuse of human rights that we must challenge at […]

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03-04-2014 - Jackie Blue to be interviewed on ‘WomenPower’

Type: Media Release

Jackie Blue, our EEO Commissioner, will appear on the TV series Womenpower (Sky Channel 83) on Tuesday the 8th April at 7.30 pm. Interviewed by Catriona McLennan about women’s issues this election year, the interview is described as feisty and challenging with Jackie saying women have been too polite for too long and if anything […]

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02-04-2014 - Human Rights Commission welcomes Government’s home care workers announcement

Type: Media Release

An announcement that Government will commence negotiations for a sector-wide settlement over travel time for home care workers has been welcomed by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. “Thousands of home care workers across the country are not paid for the time they travel between the homes of the elderly people they care for. Home […]

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06-11-2013 - NZX Diversity Figures show progress is too slow

Type: Media Release

The latest NZX quarterly statistics confirming that only 11% of listed directors are female don’t inspire me that we are making inroads into female representation at Board level said Dr Jackie Blue Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner. Last year, our Census of Women’s Participation found that just 14.75% of directors were women in the top 100 […]

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19-09-2013 - Leaders in gender equality in employment celebrated

Type: Media Release

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue presented the first ever White Camellia awards in Parliament this evening at an event marking Women’s Suffrage Day. The awards honour organisations who have committed to increasing gender equality in the workplace by signing up to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles. So far 30 NZ companies have […]

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05-09-2013 - Employment Bill inconsistent with international human rights obligations

Type: Submission

The Human Rights Commission has told Parliament that proposed changes to collective bargaining and union rights are not consistent with New Zealand’s obligations under international human rights standards. The Commission endorsed the expansion of the criteria for accessing the right to request flexible working arrangements to all workers and suggested strategies to improve access for […]

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23-08-2013 - Commission welcomes Equal Pay Act decision

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission welcomes Thursday’s judgment of the Employment Court in Service and Food Workers Union Ngā Ringa Tota Inc v Terranova Homes. One of the findings of Caring Counts, a report published by the Human Rights Commission in 2012, was that carers in the residential care sector were predominantly female and their work […]

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05-07-2013 - EEO Commissioner supports efforts for a more diverse Parliament

Type: Media Release

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue welcomes efforts made by all political parties to broaden the diversity of representation in Parliament, and in particular, to raise the numbers of women MPs. Dr Blue said, “It’s up to the parties to determine how they seek to redress the imbalance. The important thing is that […]

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23-06-2013 - Commission intervening in landmark equal pay case

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission will be intervening in a landmark equal pay case this week. Caregiver Kristine Bartlett took her employer, Terranova Homes and Care to the Employment Relations Authority last year, arguing that her hourly wage of $14.46 was less than what would be paid to male employees with the same or similar skills. […]

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04-06-2013 - Powhiri for new Commissioner

Type: Media Release

Dr Jackie Blue, the newly appointed Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, began her first day at the Human Rights Commission with a formal powhiri hosted by Ngati Whatua kaumatua including Grant Hawke, at Orakei marae in Auckland today. Dr Blue said, “I feel privileged and honoured to be here at Orakei marae, a place with so […]

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