Human Rights in New Zealand

19-09-2014 - Changing face of New Zealand should be reflected in mainstream media newsrooms – Race Relations Commissioner

Type: Media Release

With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday 21 September. “The changing face of New Zealand needs to be reflected not just in our communities but also in mainstream […]

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18-09-2014 - More woman at the top table means better outcomes for NZ

Type: Opinion piece

Initially MMP saw the percentage of women MPs increase from around 20 percent up to 30 percent but this is where it has pretty much stayed for the last 18 years. Internationally, New Zealand is considered to be doing well (we are just above the international target) but why aren’t we leading in this area? While […]

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18-09-2014 - Speech given by Chief Commissioner David Rutherford to Tenants Protection Association (Christchurch)

Type: Speech

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. First of all I would like to acknowledge my colleagues Commissioner Richard Tankersley and Margaret McDonald, the leader of our work in human rights in the recovery of the people of Canterbury from the earthquakes. Richard is here in part because he has now stopped […]

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16-09-2014 - More work to be done by New Zealand to fully realise the rights of the disabled

Type: Media Release, Statement

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission noted data, accessibility, building a people-driven system, violence and abuse, and education as key areas where New Zealand is falling down on realising the rights of the disabled under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to which New Zealand is a signatory. The Commission made […]

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12-09-2014 - Fair travel for support workers removes an existing injustice

Type: Media Release

Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it has corrected a wrong for community support workers by agreeing to pay for travel time and for petrol costs when travelling between clients. Dr Blue says the Human Rights Commission inquiry, ‘Caring Counts’, was instrumental in encouraging the Government to realise that […]

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02-09-2014 - Race Relation Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy’s opening speech at the New Zealand Diversity Forum, 24 August.

Type: Speech

It is my great honour to welcome you all to the tenth New Zealand Diversity Forum. Aoraki Maunga Aoraki Tangata Kai Tahu Iwi Te Waipounamu Whanui Tena koutou katoa It is my great honour to welcome you all to the tenth New Zealand Diversity Forum. Acknowledgements There are some special acknowledgements I need to make: […]

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02-09-2014 - HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out about humiliating treatment

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse. Irie Te Wehi-Takerei was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at The Warehouse near Auckland Airport recently. “Irie did nothing wrong and was publicly humiliated by staff. Even when it was clear she did […]

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28-08-2014 - Commissioner Jackie Blue’s address ‘Women’s rights are human rights’ to BPW Franklin

Type: Speech

August 27, 2014 Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights. Hillary Clinton coined that phrase in 1995 in Beijing at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women. Put simply: Women and girls have the right to be free from all forms of violence, abuse and discrimination. Women have the right […]

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27-08-2014 - Human Rights Commission condemns violent hate attack on gay Wellingtonians

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission has condemned a violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in central Wellington last Friday. GayNZ reported that the alleged attackers were abusive and violent when they realised the bar and the people in it were gay. “New Zealand’s excellent human rights record means little if some New […]

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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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