Human Rights in New Zealand

24-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission congratulates YWCA Equal Pay Award Recipients

Type: Media Release

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue has congratulated the winners of the inaugural YWCA Equal Pay Awards. “Change does not happen without leadership and this is what we are seeing with these employers who are determined to address New Zealand’s persistent gender pay gap within their own organisations and businesses,” said Dr Blue. “ Westpac (Gold […]

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22-07-2014 - Deaf Maori experience on show in Wellington

Type: Event

An exhibition describing the experience of deaf Maori will go on show in Wellington next week as part of Maori Language Week. It comes out of a collaborative project between researcher Ann Hynds from Victoria University’s school of education and students from the Kelston Deaf Education Centre in Auckland. Dr Hynds says with only a […]

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22-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission welcomes The Way Forward report

Type: Media Release

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue has welcomed The Way Forward report on an integrated system for Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse and Neglect. “The Way Forward report is truly a way forward. We’re not starting from scratch, all the jigsaw pieces are there we just need to connect them,” said Dr Blue. “As a country […]

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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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18-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission urges Kiwis to keep misogynist messages off NZ roads

Type: Media Release

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue hopes Kiwis will ensure an international rental van company keeps its offensive messages off New Zealand roads. Wicked Campers Australia was recently forced to remove misogynist, offensive slogans off its vehicles after thousands of complaints. “It says a lot about the world we live in when a company can adorn […]

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18-07-2014 - The Right To Privacy In The Digital Age

Type: Media Release, Other, Submission

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission is one of four National Human Rights Institutions that submitted to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report: ‘The Right To Privacy In The Digital Age’ released recently. The NZ Human Rights Commissions’ submission noted: Ultimately this is an issue of trust – the trust of the […]

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17-07-2014 - Homophobia – the opponent only gay athletes face

Type: Media Release

Homophobia and discrimination has no place in sports says Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley. He was responding to recent news reports highlighting the prejudice encountered by gay sportsmen and women. Australia’s recent, Out on the Fields survey revealed discrimination, abuse, and exclusion faced by gay athletes. “Gay athletes have to face other powerful opponents: homophobia […]

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14-07-2014 - Human Rights Commission thanks Hamilton woman for calling out racial stereotyping

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has thanked a young Hamilton woman for going public after being subjected to racial stereotyping by supermarket workers in her home town.  “Sadly what happened to Rikki Cooper isn’t new but it highlights something that’s faced every day by everyday people,” says Dame Susan. “After being hounded and humiliated, […]

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14-07-2014 - The Human Rights Commission is moving their Christchurch Office

Type: Media Release, News, Statement

The government has announced today that Human Rights Commission, as part of the CIGA project, will move into shared accommodation with Statistics New Zealand, ACC, New Zealand Transport Authority, Department of Internal Affairs, Commerce Commission, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry for Pacific Island Affairs, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and Creative NZ in late 2015. All […]

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11-07-2014 - Time for everyday NZers to stand up for the Refugee

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy urges New Zealanders to stand up for the refugee. “Let’s replace the barbed wire of refugee camps with our own No. 8 wire mentality. Let’s be there for some of our planet’s most vulnerable children, families and people,” she said. “If there was a World Cup for nations that […]

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