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— November 13, 2018

Human Rights Commission welcomes Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-Based Institutions

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitment to fulfilling the expectations of those who called for this inquiry into abuse in care.

— November 9, 2018

Human Rights Commission welcomes Supreme Court judgment

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the Supreme Court’s judgment in the landmark case of the Attorney-General v Taylor.

— November 7, 2018

Leveraging procurement to protect human rights

A call for government and procurement professionals to take the lead in addressing human rights abuses in their supply chains was the topic of this month’s Procurement Breakfast Session.

— October 30, 2018

Farewell to Dr Jackie Blue

The Human Rights Commission has farewelled Equal Employment Opportunities, Women and SOGISC Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue.

— October 29, 2018

Human Rights Commission welcomes Law Commission report on abortion law reform

The Commission supports advice from the Law Commission that abortion should be removed from the Crimes Act 1961 and incorporated into health services legislation.

— October 26, 2018

NGOs brief diplomats on human rights challenges in New Zealand

At a briefing session today for 30 Wellington-based diplomats, 13 non-governmental organisations and the Human Rights Commission outlined the many human rights challenges facing New Zealand despite it being a relatively peaceful, prosperous and tolerant nation.

— October 26, 2018

October Tūrangawaewae Newsletter

Read the latest October newsletter from the Human Rights Commission.

— October 23, 2018

Dr Jackie Blue: Ensuring gender equality through quotas

Why are we New Zealanders so terrified of special measures or positive discrimination when we so often turn a blind eye to negative discrimination?

— October 10, 2018

Paula's Pānui October

An update on the work of Disability Rights Commission Paula Tesoriero.

— October 2, 2018

Appointment of two new Commissioners for the Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the appointment of two new Commissioners, announced today by Justice Minister Andrew Little.