Previous work

Guidelines on Insurance and the Human Rights Act 1993

One of the functions of the Human Rights Commission is to publish guidelines to avoid acts or practices that may be inconsistent with, or contrary to, the Human Rights Act(1). In 1997 the Commission published guidelines to assist the insurance industry and the public to understand the relationship between the Human Rights Act and insurance.

In 2006 the Commission decided to revise the guidelines, as a result of factors such as an increase in reported mental illness, developments in the area of human genetics, relevant case law from other jurisdictions and experience of the practical application of the legislation.

A review of the guidelines was undertaken during 2006-2007, and the revised guidelines published in December 2007.

To download a PDF version of the revised guidelines, please click here or here for a Word version.

Hard copies of the guidelines can be requested by contacting the Commission on 0800 496 877 or by emailing

Inquiry into Accessible Public Land Transport for People with Disabilities

In 2003-2004, Commission conducted an inquiry into accessible public land transport for people with disabilities.

The inquiry considered the need for changes to legislation, regulations, policies, procedures and funding arrangements. The Inquiry’s report was published in October 2005. This section contains the following information:

Korowai Whaimana

Korowai Whaimana was an education initiative created in partnership between the Like Minds Like Mine programme, the Human Rights Commission, and people with experience of mental illness. It offered one day workshops designed to empower people with mental illness to:

  • understand human rights
  • understand direct and indirect discrimination, and reasonable accommodation
  • understand the Human Rights Act 1993 and how to use it
  • understand how other Acts may impact on their rights
  • understand how the Commission’s complaint service works.

In 2007, the programme was evaluated externally. A summary of this evaluation is available here

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