Human Rights in New Zealand

19-08-2014 - The Right To Work: Young New Zealanders in South Auckland

Type: Media Release, News, Opinion piece

Young people will be increasingly relied upon as wage earners, decision makers and leaders and maximising the employment potential of young New Zealanders will play a crucial role in our country’s future. Worryingly, for many young people in Aotearoa New Zealand their right to work is greatly hindered. “Our unemployment rate is currently tracking at 6% […]

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18-08-2014 - Islam Awareness Week for all Kiwis – Human Rights Commission

Type: Media Release

This week Kiwis who are curious about the Islamic faith have the opportunity to visit a mosque, find out about the faith and meet Muslim New Zealanders. In her speech where she officially opened Islamic Awareness Week, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy commended Muslim community members and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New […]

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11-08-2014 - We have a lot of work to do – Race Relations Commissioner

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says “politicians making fun of an entire race of people isn’t new but it’s disappointing and shameful New Zealand political leaders are still doing it in 2014.” “We’re better than this and our political leaders need to realise that.” “We have come a long way as a nation in […]

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11-08-2014 - Human Rights Commission proud to back peace call from Kiwi interfaith leaders

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission is backing a call from local religious communities for New Zealanders to stand alongside them in peace and compassion: and not in hatred. “Kiwi interfaith leaders are standing united in their call for New Zealanders to treat one another with respect.  The Human Rights Commission is proud to stand alongside them […]

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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 - Fundamental Freedoms 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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