Prohibited grounds of discrimination: Colour, Race, Ethnic or National origin

What does the Human Rights Act say about colour?

It is unlawful to discriminate on the ground of colour in any of the prohibited areas of public life.

What exceptions are there applying to colour?

There are a number of circumstances where it is not unlawful to discriminate on the ground of colour. These include:

In employment (includes pre-employment and advertising):

  • Crew of non-New Zealand ships and aircraft.

In accommodation:

  • Shared residential accommodation.

In education:

  • Establishments for a particular race.
  • Courses and counselling.

What does the Human Rights Act mean by ethnic or national origin?

Ethnic or national origins cover your place/country of birth, your nationality and citizenship.

What does the Human Rights Act say about ethnic or national origin?

It is unlawful to discriminate on the ground of ethnic or national origins in any of the prohibited areas of public life.

What exceptions are there applying to ethnic or national origin?

There are a number of circumstances where it is not unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of ethnic or national origins. These include:

In employment (includes pre-employment and advertising):

  • crew of non-New Zealand ships and aircraft
  • work involving national security
  • counselling on personal matters.

In goods and services:

  • courses and counselling on personal matters.

In accommodation:

  • shared residential accommodation.

What does the Human Rights Act say about race?

It is unlawful to discriminate on the ground of race in any of the prohibited areas of public life.

What exceptions are there applying to ethnic or national origin?

There are a number of circumstances where it is not unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of ethnic or national origins. These include:

In employment (includes pre-employment and advertising):

  • crew of non-New Zealand ships and aircraft

In goods and services:

  • courses and counselling on personal matters.

In accommodation:

  • shared residential accommodation.

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