Human Rights in New Zealand Today
Ngā Tika Tangata O Te Motu

This report is the first comprehensive assessment of the status of human rights in New Zealand. It examines a selection of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, identifying where New Zealand is already meeting and even surpassing international standards and where we need to do better.

This information will form the basis of a national plan of action for the promotion and protection of human rights in New Zealand. The plan will identify priorities and propose practical and achievable actions for the next five years to further improve the status of human rights in New Zealand.

This website presents the status report online, and in MS-Word format.

New Zealanders come in many shapes and sizes.

Hard copies of the short or full length versions of the report as well as versions in various accessible formats are available on request by email:, phone (04) 471 6754 or 0800 4 Your Rights or by writing to the Human Rights Commission, NZAPHR, PO Box 12-411, Wellington.

For human rights instruments relevant to New Zealand, continue exploring our website:

For all international human rights instruments, visit the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) website:

For the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) conventions, visit the ILO website: