Human Rights in New Zealand

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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03-10-2014 - Banks lead the way on gender equality in the workplace

Type: Media Release, News

For the second year running, banks have scooped the majority of the awards at the second White Camellia Awards*, held in Auckland last night. The awards recognise organisations that have made the most progress in implementing the seven principles of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). “The 2014 supreme winner is the Bank of New Zealand. […]

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30-09-2014 - This Wednesday – a day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens

Type: Media Release

Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of Older Persons (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people, from abuse and neglect. Statistics New Zealand estimates the proportion of New Zealanders being over 65 years climbing from […]

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26-09-2014 - Impressions of the New Zealand Diversity Forum: The Business of Diveristy

Type: Blog, News, Opinion piece

We invited two University of Canterbury Communications students, Kirsten Marsh and Alice McIlhone, to join us and capture their experiences of the forum. The first post by Kirsten Marsh focuses on the speeches given by community leaders:  Day one of the forum centred on: the representation of ethnic individuals and migrants in New Zealand: media, law, parliament, and the wider community. Day two followed […]

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25-09-2014 - First Impressions of the New Zealand Diversity Forum: Speeches from community leaders

Type: Blog, Event, Opinion piece, Viewpoint

We invited two University of Canterbury Communications students, Kirsten Marsh and Alice McIlhone, to join us and capture their experiences of the forum. The first post by Kirsten Marsh focuses on the speeches given by community leaders:  The opening of the Forum was an exemplary showcase of the values of the diversity forum.Representatives of Ngai Tahu began with a karakia and […]

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23-09-2014 - Queenstown taxi driver courageous – Human Rights Commission

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says “people like Queenstown taxi driver Ganesh Paramanathanwas who go public and shine the spotlight on racial abuse are courageous and do so on all our behalf. They make our country a better place to live in by standing up to racial abuse and demanding change.” This afternoon a […]

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