What is unlawful discrimination?

Political opinion

What does the Human Rights Act mean by political opinion?

Political opinion includes the lack of a particular political opinion or any political opinion.

What does the Human Rights Act say about political opinion?

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

What exceptions are there applying to political opinion?

In employment (includes pre-employment and advertising):

  • crew of non-New Zealand ships and aircraft
  • work involving national security
  • domestic work in a private household
  • employment of a political nature

In accommodation:

  • shared residential accommodation

Further information

Human rights enquiries & complaints guide (PDF Version).
Available in Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional) and Hindi.