Human Rights in New Zealand

24-11-2014 - Race Relations Commissioner supports Chinese Kiwis heritage bid

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission says people wanting to turn a shipwreck into a money making venture should have talked with Chinese Kiwi leaders and families first. “The SS Ventnor  is a burial ground, the final resting place of 500 men.  Ever since this site was discovered, Chinese Kiwis have been returning to honour their ancestors during the […]

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24-11-2014 - Human Rights Commission condemns hate attacks on children

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has condemned the latest hate attacks on New Zealand children. “Cowards and thugs taking part in hate attacks on Kiwi kids need to know their behaviour has no place in New Zealand,” said Dame Susan. “I urge all Kiwis to not be bystanders and to stand up for the […]

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20-11-2014 - EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is concerned over the handling of the Sutton complaint

Type: Media Release, News

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. “My main concern is the woman at the centre of these allegations and anyone else in the public sector who […]

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14-11-2014 - Chief Commisioner David Rutherford’s speech at the Buddy Day Breakfast

Type: Speech

  Tēnā Koutou Katoa Thank you to the team at Child Matters for inviting me to Buddy Day and entrusting me with the care of a buddy today. It is good to see Chairman Neil Richardson again. Today my buddy will be with me as I spend my day with the judges of our Supreme […]

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11-11-2014 - Violence costs women, children and the New Zealand economy

Type: Media Release

The Glenn Inquiry economic impact study, ‘Measuring the Economic Costs of Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence in New Zealand’ released today, shows that the cost of family violence cannot be ignored says Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. “While the report conservatively estimates the economic cost to be upwards of $7 billion annually, the actual […]

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07-11-2014 - Growing Gender Pay Gap a Concern – EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue

Type: News, Viewpoint

While Kiwi women are among the world’s most educated, the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap Index shows that there is a growing gap between economic opportunities for men and women in New Zealand. The report has revealed that we have dropped in the global rankings from seventh last year to 13th this year. “Until now New […]

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07-11-2014 - Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue: Challenges and achievements since Beijing 1995 – New Zealand Women’s Watch

Type: Speech

Speech: EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue In 1995 New Zealand took part in the Fourth World Conference in Beijing and signed the Beijing Platform of Action achieve  to achieve gender equality  and the empowerment of women. At the Conference Hillary Clinton coined the phrase “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights”. […]

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05-11-2014 - Human Rights Commission condemns reports of racial abuse against Muslim New Zealanders

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission has condemned reports of racial abuse against Muslim New Zealanders. Muslim leaders have reported a spike in racial abuse aimed mostly at women and children, many walking to and from school. “The Human Rights Commission is concerned for the wellbeing of vulnerable Muslim Kiwis some of whom are being wrongly targeted […]

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04-11-2014 - EEO Commissioner Dr. Jackie Blue: Caring Counts and Beyond

Type: Speech

SFWU Central Region Women’s Conference Wednesday, 5th November, 2014 Freemasons Hall, Petone, Wellington The number of people aged 65 and over has doubled since 1980 and passed over 600,000 in the latest Census. This number is likely to double again by 2036. Our older people are also living for longer. For many older people, these […]

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31-10-2014 - EEO Commissioner Jackie Blue: ERA amendments a mixed bag

Type: Media Release

The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is a very welcome addition. “Unfortunately this Act is a step backward from New Zealand’s compliance with international […]

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