Human Rights in New Zealand

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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31-10-2014 - A ‘super sized’ celebration for Blind Week

Type: News, Partner News

As part of this year’s Blind Week appeal, a group of University students have partnered with the Blind Foundation to create a super-sized braille message at central Auckland locations. Members of the public will get the chance to have a hands on experience with braille – translating the message using a basic braille alphabet. Participants […]

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28-10-2014 - The Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand

Type: Media Release, Opinion piece

This Tuesday, 28 October New Zealand celebrates 179 years since the signing of the Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand. The declaration was signed in 1835 by 35 Rangatira (maori leaders) and four British Residents. This declaration states the sovereignty (Te mana i te whenua) that existed in 1835 and was designed to promote and […]

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24-10-2014 - United Nations Day

Type: Media Release, Opinion piece

Today, 24 October 2014, is United Nations Day. Many people don’t realise that New Zealand was in “the United Nations” before 1945. On New Year’s Day 1942 New Zealand signed the Declaration of the United Nations with over twenty other nations. They declared that they would fight together and never surrender in order to secure […]

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24-10-2014 - Latest diversity news and events for October

Type: News

October and November are busy months for the Human Rights Commission, particularly with regards to Race Relations. One such event is Diwali, with public celebrations taking place around the country throughout October and November. Known as the festival of the lights, Diwali symbolises the victory of righteousness, the triumph of light over darkness and the […]

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23-10-2014 - Chief Commissioner David Rutherford: Governments must protect their citizens but not at the expense of their rights

Type: Opinion piece, Statement

Terrorism is an affront to our freedom, human dignity and right to life. States, like New Zealand, have a legal and moral obligation to protect their citizens from terrorism and its impacts, and to address and eradicate both terrorism and its causes.    States, like New Zealand, also have a legal and moral obligation to […]

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17-10-2014 - OHRP: Tribunal decision significant for SMEs

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee, who represented the employee at the Tribunal hearing along with Senior Solicitor, Jane Emerson, said […]

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15-10-2014 - Dame Susan Devoy’s Speech to New Zealand Asian Leaders Inaugural Conference: “Race Relations: Where To Now”

Type: Speech

The Cube Auditorium, ASB North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter, Friday 3rd October 2014 In 1993 former Prime Minister Jim Bolger was ridiculed for suggesting New Zealand was an Asia Pacific nation. 21 years later and New Zealand is looking and behaving more like an Asia Pacific nation than a mono-cultural one. One of our top female […]

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10-10-2014 - Kiwis ‘sleeping rough’ in support of World Homeless Day

Type: Blog, News

Hundreds of Kiwis throughout New Zeland will be ‘sleeping rough’ today in support of World Homeless Day. October the 10th  marks the 4th annual ‘World Homeless Day’, a campaign which looks to draw attention to homeless people’s needs and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness. One of the key […]

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09-10-2014 - Taking a stand epitomises the Kiwi fighting spirit – Human Rights Commission

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says a Canterbury University professor who has spoken publicly against racist and sexist student behaviour epitomises the Kiwi fighting spirit. “It’s not easy to be the one who stands up and speaks out but Professor Veer is giving us all a very important lesson: even young people hold obsolete, […]

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