About the Commission

The Human Rights Commission was set up in 1977 and works under the Human Rights Act 1993. Our purpose is to promote and protect the human rights of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand. We work for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected. In this section you can find out more about who we are, what we do and why. 

Vision, mission, values and statutory responsibilities

Vision, mission, values and statutory responsibilities

What the Commission is trying to achieve and the laws we work under.

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Our story

Our story

The Human Rights Commission was created to provide better protection of human rights in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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What the Commission does

What the Commission does

What the Human Rights Commission does, how we do it and who we work with.

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Commissioners and senior leadership

Commissioners and senior leadership

The Human Rights Commission has up to eight Human Rights Commissioners including Chief Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Race Relations Commissioner and up to five part-time Commissioners.

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Corporate and accountability information

Corporate and accountability information

Each year the Human Rights Commission publishes a Statement of Performance Expectations and Annual Report, which are tabled in Parliament by the Minister of Justice.

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Work with us

Work with us

Find out about working for the Human Rights Commission, including current vacancies, research and internship opportunities.

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