Treaty of Waitangi

21-03-2014 - Commission launches review of Race Relations in 2013

Type: Media Release, Report

New Zealand is more diverse than it has ever been and this is both its greatest strength and biggest challenge. That’s according to Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission,  who launched  her first race relations review and the Commission’s tenth, entitled Tūi Tūi Tuituiā, Race Relations in 2013 last night. […]

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05-02-2014 - Human Rights of Indigenous People in the video spotlight

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission is launching a video today at the Iwi Leaders Forum in Waitangi which features iwi leaders reading the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration reinforces that international human rights standards apply to indigenous peoples. David Rutherford, Chief Commissioner, says this resource is being made freely available […]

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09-08-2013 - Commission celebrates UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Type: Media Release

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People was established by the UN General Assembly in 1994. The focus for this year is: “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.” According to Commissioner Karen Johansen, today is a valuable opportunity to reflect on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous […]

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20-03-2013 - Dame Susan Devoy appointed Race Relations Commissioner

Type: Media Release

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission is delighted to welcome Dame Susan to the Commission.  Dame Susan is an exceptional New Zealander who has contributed incredibly to the ordinary lives of New Zealanders in her community work, in governance and chief executive roles, most often as a volunteer.  Her community work has spanned health, disability […]

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25-07-2012 - Māori children denied basic human rights

Type: Media Release

Many Māori children are being denied their basic human rights because of poverty and inadequate public services, says the Human Rights Commission. Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres told the Māori Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the determinants of Māori children’s wellbeing today that international human rights standards apply across nations and cultures, and that […]

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07-03-2012 - Race relations report highlights changing face of NZ

Type: Report

The changing face of New Zealand and its implications for race relations are highlighted in the Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations launched today.

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31-01-2012 - Young people more likely to value the Treaty than their elders

Type: Media Release

Young people are more likely to value the Treaty of Waitangi than their elders, according to the Human Rights Commission’s annual review of the Treaty relationship.

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14-08-2011 - Sir Paul Reeves a human rights champion

Type: Media Release

Nation loses great advocate for human rights and the Treaty He kotuku rerenga tahi A white heron flies once New Zealand has lost a great advocate for human rights and the Treaty with the passing of Sir Paul Reeves, the first Maori Governor-General and former Archbishop of the Anglican Church today. Chief Human Rights Commissioner […]

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04-02-2011 - Commission welcomes tri-lingual interpreters at Waitangi Day events

Type: Media Release

This year’s Waitangi Day will be the first time tri-lingual interpreters have been available to ensure deaf people will be able to fully participate in the formal events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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04-02-2011 - Power Sharing in the 21st Century

Type: Speech

Māori seats in local government: an “imaginative opportunity for justice” Joris de Bres’, Race Relations Commissioner, address at the Te Papa Treaty of Waitangi Debates February 2011. Last year, Ngati Awa Deputy Chairman Pouroto Ngaropo stood for Mayor of Whakatane.  Three days before voting closed, the Whakatane Beacon published an assessment of the six contenders. […]

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