Human Rights in New Zealand

16-04-2014 - Award winning speech from the NZ Race Unity Speech Awards thrills judges

Type: Event, Speech

A provocative and thought provoking speech on race relations has won Thai An Vo top place over 180 students in the National finals of the annual NZ Race Unity Speech Awards held last weekend. The students were tasked with explaining how they related to race relations in New Zealand by interpreting a traditional Maori proverb and […]

» MORE

14-04-2014 - EVENT RECAP: 2014 Summerz End Youth Fest

Type: Event

On Friday the 4th of April, the annual Summerz End Youth Fest roared back into life hosting a range of great music performances including Titanium. Each year the Summerz End Youth Fest is held with the aim of bridging the gap between youth from all walks of life and our communities, by creating a sense […]

» MORE

09-04-2014 - United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Statement

Type: Report, Statement

Following their first official invite to New Zealand the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has released a statement outlining their preliminary findings and conclusions of their visit. The Working Group acknowledged that, overall, legislation and policy concerning deprivation of liberty in New Zealand is well-developed and generally consistent with international human rights law and […]

» MORE

04-04-2014 - Human Rights Commission Welcomes New Zealand’s Top Social Progress Index Ranking

Type: Media Release, Viewpoint

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed news that New Zealand has topped the global Social Progress Index (SPI) of 132 countries ranked on social and environmental performance by the Social Progress Imperative and United States NGO. “The Social Progress Index complements GDP ratings and is itself a breakthrough  in terms of global performance indicators,” said […]

» MORE

02-04-2014 - Funding gaps for sexual violence victims a blemish on human rights

Type: Media Release

Funding gaps and barriers to specialist services means some victims of sexual violence may never recover from the trauma they experience, according to a submission released by the Human Rights Commission today. The Commission told the Social Services Select Committee it welcomes an inquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence social services in New […]

» MORE

02-04-2014 - Human Rights Commission mourns the passing of Dr Merimeri Penfold

Type: Statement

The passing of Dr Merimeri Penfold is being mourned by New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission. “Academic, iconic New Zealander and wahine toa, Merimeri was an unforgettable person who has left an unforgettable legacy in her wake,” said Chief Commissioner David Rutherford. “We always knew how honoured and lucky we were to have her leadership and  […]

» MORE

19-12-2013 - Commission releases Operation Eight human rights analysis

Type:

Today the Human Rights Commission released a report on Police actions during Operation Eight concluding that innocent people were exposed to unnecessary trauma and had their human rights negatively impacted. The Commission received 31 complaints about Police actions covering a range of concerns including being stopped at the roadblock at Ruatoki and photographed without consent, […]

» MORE

11-12-2013 - Annual OPCAT report released

Type:

The Commission, in collaboration with the Ombudsman, the Independent Police Conduct Authority, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Inspector of Penal Service Establishments has a legal mandate to monitor places of detention under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), which […]

» MORE

09-12-2013 - Commission releases report on human rights in Canterbury recovery

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission is releasing a report today calling for people and their human rights to be put at the heart of the recovery in Canterbury, says Chief Commissioner David Rutherford. “At its best, this is what the recovery has been about. There are some great examples of that. But where we get stuck […]

» MORE

10-11-2013 - Non-consensual sterilisation laws for children outdated

Type: Media Release

The Government must reform the laws governing non-consensual sterilisation for children, says Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson. Mr Gibson’s call follows TVNZ’s Sunday reporting children as young as seven years old are being sterilised without their consent. “There may very well be cases where non-consensual sterilisation is the last and only option available. But it’s […]

» MORE

Back to top