Human Rights Commission commends the NZX on positive moves to increase diversity - May 12 2017
The Human Rights Commission has commended the NZX on its updated Corporate Governance Code (NZX Code) that includes significant changes around the measurement of diversity. Read more.
State sector board representation of women to be congratulated - May 8 2017
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed newly released data that shows the highest ever percentage of women on state sector boards and committees. Read more.
Equal Pay Amendment Bill strong contribution to pay equity discussion - March 23 2017
The Commission has welcomed news that a Members Bill, seeking to eliminate pay discrimination and differentials between men and women in New Zealand, has been drawn from the ballot today. Read more.
Commission welcomes unanimous support of Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill - March 9 2016
The HRC welcomes news that a Members Bill seeking to improve legal protections for victims of domestic violence will get the consultation it deserves. Read more.
Project seeks to empower young women to close the $600k gap - March 8 2017
The Human Rights Commission is seeking to empower young women to tackle the gender pay gap with the launch of a new project – the $600k gap. Read more.
Report reveals high price Kiwi mothers pay to care - February 28 2017
The Human Rights Commission says data released today shows the need for New Zealand businesses to get serious about actively addressing the gender pay gap, particularly for women having children. Read more.
Commission welcomes new stand-down periods for rogue recruiters - February 23 2017
The Humans Rights Commission has today welcomed the Government’s introduction of migrant worker recruitment stand-down periods for employers who breach immigration and employment law. Read more.
Radio New Zealand interview: Dr. Jackie Blue - January 23 2017
Equal Employment Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue was interviewed on Radio New Zealand on Saturday morning about her hopes, aspirations and plan of attack for the coming year. Read more.
Dr Jackie Blue: "Family violence is a human rights issue." - January 18 2017
Statistics show that family violence spikes in December and January and, for many victims, the workplace is the only safe place they can go to for support. Read more.
Better systems needed to address worker exploitation in New Zealand - December 14 2016
A report out today has highlighted the urgent need for systems that better monitor worker exploitation in New Zealand, says the Human Rights Commission. Read more.
Affirmative action needed to address trends impacting public sector workforce - December 13 2016
The Commission has welcomed a report published by the State Services Commission saying it demonstrates the further need to encourage and support a more diverse workforce in the public sector. Read more.
Love Rugby Respect Women - December 12 2016
Following an internal investigation by NZ Rugby into an incident involving a woman and members of the Chiefs, the Commission, alongside a number of prominent kiwi women and New Zealanders, called for change. Read more.
Commission launches videos to encourage organisations to adopt a family violence policy - December 9 2016
In November, the Commission enlisted the support of a number of well-known New Zealand organisations to encourage workplaces to adopt a family violence policy. Read more.
New Zealand childcare costs concerning - October 14 2016
The Human Rights Commission has expressed concern about the recently released OECD report which states that New Zealand couples spend nearly a third of their income on childcare. Read more.
Human Rights Commission pays tribute to Helen Kelly: A great New Zealander - October 14 2016
“We have lost a formidable human rights advocate whose courage and determination can be traced in the lives and rights of thousands of New Zealanders,” said EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. Read more.
Commission welcomes first human trafficking conviction - September 15 2016
The Human Rights Commission has today welcomed New Zealand’s first human trafficking conviction, saying it serves a strong reminder to kiwi businesses that exploiting migrant workers will not go unpunished. Read more.
Commission welcomes Government overhaul of family violence laws - September 13 2016
The Human Rights Commission has today welcomed the Government’s announcement that they will undertake an overhaul New Zealand’s family violence laws. Read more.
Update On The 'Love Rugby, Respect Women' Open Letter - September 9 2016
EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue updates supporters on the her call with NZRFU CEO Steve Tew following the launch of the 'Love Rugby Respect Women' campaign. Read more.
Advice and training needed to change internal culture following NZ Rugby investigation - September 8 2016
Human Rights Commission is calling on the Chiefs and NZ Rugby to seek expert advice and training to change an internal culture which is out of step with Kiwi values of integrity and respect. Read more.
Business and Human Rights Forum - August 30 2016
The Commission held its first Business and Human Rights forum earlier this month and it was a great success with businesses and government departments alike keen to learn more about what respecting human rights might look like in their organisation. Read more.
Commission expresses concern over KiwiSaver investment reports - August 18 2016
The Human Rights Commission has today expressed deep concern at reports of KiwiSaver funds being invested in companies linked to human rights abuses. Read more.
Commission pays tribute to tireless human rights campaigner Joan Macdonald - August 15 2016
The Human Rights Commission has expressed sadness at the passing of well-known human rights advocate and campaigner, Joan Macdonald. Read more.
Commission launches first Business and Human Rights Forum - August 9 2016
The Human Rights Commission will officially launch the three-day Business and Human Rights Forum at Parliament tonight. Read more.
Commission offers support to NZ Rugby investigation - August 8 2016
The Human Rights Commission has offered its support and expertise to the NZ Rugby-led investigation into an incident involving Chiefs Super Rugby team. Read more.
Commission offers support to NZ Rugby investigation - August 8 2016
The Human Rights Commission has offered its support and expertise to the NZ Rugby-led investigation into an incident involving Chiefs Super Rugby team. Read more.
RIAA Report a timely reminder of the value of investing in human right - July 27 2016
The Human Rights Commission has said a report, launched today by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), serves as a timely reminder of the value of investing in human rights for New Zealand businesses. Read more.
Commission welcomes new 1 in 3 Be Free app - July 25 2016
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the launch of a new app, which is set to empower more women to deal with, or escape, abusive, or controlling relationships. Read more.
Speech: New Horizons for Women Trust Award Ceremony - July 23 2016
I want to tell you a story about a young woman called Jenny. She grew up in a North Island city with her parents and siblings. She had a happy childhood. While her family was not wealthy there always seemed to be enough money to pay the bills and go on holiday. Read more.
Business and Human Rights top of upcoming Forum agenda - July 5 2016
New Zealand isn’t immune to human rights violations and the leading experts on business and human rights are heading here next month to talk with kiwi businesses about how they can avoid committing them. Read more.
Public reporting needed to address gender pay gap - June 30 2016
The Human Rights Commission’s Tracking Equality at Work tool, which has been recently updated with 2015 data, illustrates the urgent need for public reporting on gender pay gaps. Read more.
Tracking quality data affirms need for support for young Maori and Pasifik - June 30 2016
The Commission’s Tracking Equality at Work tool, which has been updated with 2015 data and allows progress towards equality to be tracked, shows Maori and Pacific are falling behind all other ethnicities, with young Maori and Pacific women particularly marginalized. Read more.
Recommendations welcomed, signals the start of real change in addressing pay equity - June 8 2016
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the recommendations of the Joint Working Group for Pay Equity Principles, saying it signals the start of significant change in addressing pay equity and the realisation of a fundamental human right. Read more.
Gender Stocktake Report - June 2 2016
The Government and Ministers continue to lead by example with the highest ever percentage of women on State Sector boards and committees, but results show further work is needed to hit original 50% target. Read more.
Government announces $46m to support victims of sexual violence - June 2016
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Government’s announcement of $46 million over four years to support victims and prevent sexual violence. Read more.
Business and Human Rights - June 2 2016
Save the Date invitations have been sent and the countdown has officially begun to the Business and Human Rights forum, which takes place in August this year. Read more.
NZ Defence Force commended for challenging its own culture - March 15 2016
“We stand behind the NZ Defence Force’s commitment to safety and transparency within their own ranks by clearly outlining issues facing their people and putting in place robust actions to address them so there is zero tolerance of inappropriate behaviours,” said EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. Read more.
The right to work in just conditions is a human right - March 10 2016
The Human Rights Commission says New Zealanders’ right to work in just and favourable conditions will become more of a reality today with the scrapping of Zero Hour contracts. Read more.
NZ Defence Force joins Global Gender Equity pledge welcomed - March 8 2016
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed today’s commitment from the Chief of New Zealand’s Defence Forces to improve gender equity across the nation’s armed forces. Read more.
Step it up for Gender Equality - International Women's Day 2016 - March 8 2016
I have been reflecting on the women’s movement in New Zealand. In the 70’s we had the Women’s Liberation movement which had at its heart the “Working Women’s Charter” that talked about equal pay for work of equal value, equal opportunity of entry into occupations and promotions, the elimination of discrimination on the basis of sex and the introduction of parental leave for both mothers and fathers without the loss of job security, superannuation or promotion. Read more.
Innovation the loser in gender imbalance in New Zealand businesses - January 14 2016
At the current rate of women directors being appointed to NZX - listed company boards it will take around 15 years before 50 percent equity is achieved said Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. Read more.
Family violence policies a must for all businesses - January 29 2016
Human Rights are Good for Business The Human Rights Commission is calling on more private and public organisations to support people in their organisations who are affected by family violence. Read more.
Measuring must lead to better management of gender pay gap - January 22 2016
The State Services Commission’s (SSC) release of state sector agencies’ gender pay gap statistics, by department, clearly shows where the problem lies said EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. Read more.
Select Committee finding on services for sexual violence victims a milestone - December 14 2016
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Social Services Select Committee’s finding that current services for victims of sexual violence are inadequate. Read more.
Commission welcomes state sector human resource survey - November 27 2015
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the State Services Commission’s 2015 Human Resource Capability (HRC) Survey. Read more.
Gender equality a human right we must all fight for - November 27 2015
The Human Rights Commission is welcoming today’s launch of the United Nation’s "He for She" gender equality campaign in New Zealand. Read more.
Dr Jackie Blue: HeForShe Speech Nov 27th - November 27 2015
I was recently asked to sum up in 100 words, “Why should I care about equality?”
I came up with: An equal society is happier, healthier, and more productive.
An equal society means that everyone’s rights are respected and there is gender equality. Read more.
When speaking out changes lives #ItsNotOK - November 25 2015
Earlier this month some incredibly brave New Zealanders did what so many of us never do: they told the world they had been raped, sexually abused and violated. Read more.
A roadmap to gender equality urgent - November 12 2015
Achieving gender equality will advance New Zealand society by bringing an end to everyday sexism in New Zealand and to achieving a better way of life for all New Zealanders, says Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. Read more.
Employment Standards Legislation Bill still leaves loopholes - October 27 2015
Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue supports the intention of the Employment Standards Legislation Bill but considers that it should provide better protections for people in insecure employment. Read more.
Human Rights Commission urges violent Kiwis to have the courage to change - October 22 2015
Kiwi men with a violence problem need to talk about it and to get help says Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. Read more.
Human Rights Commission welcomes pay equity milestone - October 21 2016
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed plans to set up a working group to develop agreed principles on pay equity for all sectors of the economy. Read more.
Employers need to plan and benefit from our ageing workforce - October 19 2015
Employers who fail to plan are missing out on the economic benefits of our ageing workforce says EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. Read more.
Employers urged to plan for their employees mental wellbeing - October 9 2015
The Human Rights Commission has urged New Zealand employers to create a strategic plan for the mental wellbeing of their employees. Read more.
HRC urges action over growing gender pay gap - October 2 2015
The Human Rights Commission says New Zealand cannot continue with “business as usual” in the wake of the latest statistics revealing the nation’s gender pay gap is at a six-year high, up to 11.8% from 9.9% this time last year. Read more.
New Zealand 12th best country for older person wellbeing - October 1 2015
New Zealand has dropped two places in the Global AgeWatch Index, a global measure of the well-being of older people, but is still ranked 12th in the world. Read more.
Kiwi kids celebrate Peace through art - September 22 2015
Last week Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue visited Remuera Intermediate School in celebration of the Peace Art competition which students took part in. Read more.
HRC welcomes leadership on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment - September 11 2015
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' leadership condemning discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment and calling for cultural change in New Zealand’s professional health workforce. Read more.
One in five - September 10 2015
Recent research suggests one in five New Zealanders will experience some form of mental illness this year alone, but in contrast, Equal Employment Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue says the workplace is often not accommodating this disability well. Read more.
EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue's address to Shakti on their 20th Anniversary - August 11 2015
I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate Shakti on your 20th anniversary.
I would like to acknowledge the crucial work that you do in ethnic communities, supporting women and advocating for their rights.
Violence against women and children remains one of the most serious and pervasive human rights abuses in the world. Read more.
EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue address to the Selwyn Supporters Coalition - August 5 2015
It is a privilege to be here today speaking to you all regarding a human rights perspective on aged care.
Human Rights belong to all. They begin at home.
They are not just found in documents far away at the United Nations.
They must live in our homes, our workplaces, our communities and our lives. Read more.
Human Rights Commission welcomes Government moves to respond better to family and sexual violence - July 29 2015
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Government’s launch of a significant new work programme to ensure agencies respond better to family and sexual violence. Read more.
Try Harder Minister – Gender Stocktake reveals some ministers have a lot of work to do - July 28 2015
A gender stocktake of appointments to state sector boards reveals some Government ministers are doing very well while others need to try a lot harder says EEO Commissioner Jackie Blue. Read more.
EEO Commissioner welcomes intent of Employment Standards Bill - July 13 2015
Equal Employment Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue says the intent of the Employment Standards Bill being introduced to parliament soon is welcome and a sign the Government is aware of the unfairness to employees of zero-hour contracts. Read more.
EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue's address to the CTU Women's Conference - July 10 2015
Thank you for the opportunity to address this conference. I am delighted to be here today as this conference brings together issues I am most passionate about; work and women. Read more.
Online tool to monitor human rights in New Zealand launched today - June 30 2015
The Human Rights Commission launched an online tool to monitor the Government’s human rights record today, the first of its kind in the world. Read more.
Employment outcomes for women worse than for men - June 29 2015
New research about employment equality clearly shows that women and disabled people are doing far less well than men in employment outcomes. Read more.
New Zealand’s human rights progress available online - June 24 2015
An interactive online tool to monitor human rights in New Zealand will be launched by the Human Rights Commission on 30 June on our website. Read more.
Kiwi teens would benefit from Documentary Edge - Jackie Blue - June 4 2015
As the Documentary Edge Film Festival opens in the Capital, Human Rights Commissioner Jackie Blue says New Zealand teenagers would benefit from watching ‘Waiting for August’. Read more.
'Massive Hikoi' welcomed by Human Rights Commission - May 28 2015
The Human Rights Commission is welcoming this week’s MasSiVe hikoi led by Kiwi men who oppose sexual violence. Read more.
Challenges for Women in the Employment Process - EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue - May 18 2015
Women throughout the world have to struggle against a number of gender stereotypes and unconscious biases in the employment process. Read more.
Commissioner welcomes Gender Stocktake figures - May 17 2015
The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has today welcomed figures that show the highest ever percentage of women on state sector boards and committees. Read more.
Commission congratulates Louise Nicholas ANZAC of the Year - April 24 2015
The Human Rights Commission has congratulated New Zealand’s 2015 ANZAC of the Year, Louise Nicholas.
“Louise Nicholas’ fight for human rights is one she fought on behalf of all New Zealanders. All of us are indebted to Louise’s staggering courage and refusal to accept injustice,” said Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. Read more.
EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue: Address to the Pay Equity Forum - April 16 2015
2015 marks the 20 year review of the Beijing Platform of Action to, signed by over 180 countries. It was an ambitious action plan with the goal of advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment globally and is as still as relevant today as it was then. Read more.
An Open Letter to Paul Henry on Feminism - April 15 2015
Dear Paul, You are wrong. Feminism hasn’t come further than Hillary Clinton and Helen Clark, feminism will only ever go as far as they and other women go. Read more.
Commission welcomes Police 'Roastbusters' apology as first step - March 20 2015
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed today’s Police apology and acknowledgement that officers let down victims and their families by failing to properly investigate the so called 'Roastbusters'. Read more.
Insight into the Kristine Bartlett equal pay case - February 13 2015
When the Equal Pay Act which was passed in 1972, it was believed to be just about ensuring men and women received the same pay for the same work. Read more.
Public Sector Equal Employment Opportunity review - January 15 2015
The Human Rights Commission says we have a lot of work to do following the release of the latest report into the human resource capability of New Zealand’s public service. Read more.
Dr Jackie Blue: Business and Human Rights - January 15 2015
I recently attended the third conference on Business and Human Rights in Geneva which is based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (adopted in 2011 by the Human Rights Committee). Read more.
Support for Blue Print call for a stand-alone agency - November 28 2014
Human Rights Commissioner lead on family violence, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Glenn Inquiry, ‘The People’s Blue Print’, which places at its heart that being safe and free from violence is a fundamental human right. Read more.
Concern over the handling of the Sutton complaint - November 19 2015
EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. Read more.
Violence costs women, children and the New Zealand economy - November 11 2014
The Glenn Inquiry economic impact study, ‘Measuring the Economic Costs of Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence in New Zealand’ released today, shows that the cost of family violence cannot be ignored says Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. Read more.
Fair travel for support workers removes an existing injustice - September 12 2014
Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it has corrected a wrong for community support workers by agreeing to pay for travel time and for petrol costs when travelling between clients. Read more.
Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue: Challenges and achievements since Beijing 1995 - June 11 2014
Speech: New Zealand Women's Watch Annual Conference
In 1995 New Zealand took part in the Fourth World Conference in Beijing and signed the Beijing Platform of Action achieve to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women. Read more.
Dr Jackie Blue: Caring Counts and Beyond - May 11 2014
SFWU Central Region Women’s Conference, Wednesday, 5th November 2014
The number of people aged 65 and over has doubled since 1980 and passed over 600,000 in the latest Census.
This number is likely to double again by 2036. Our older people are also living for longer.
For many older people, these older years are also active years. Read more.
Banks lead the way on gender equality in the workplace - March 10 2014
For the second year running, banks have scooped the majority of the awards at the second White Camellia Awards*, held in Auckland last night. Read more.
HRC leads review into seclusion and restraint practices - February 15 2017
The Human Rights Commission is leading a review into seclusion and restraint practices in New Zealand with funding from the United Nations. Read more.
Further adjustments to Education Amendment Bill needed for students with disabilities - February 2 2017
The Human Rights Commission has today reiterated the need for further adjustments and additions to the Education (Update) Amendment Bill 2016, to ensure it meets the needs of students with disabilities. Read more.
Leave No One Behind: International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016 - December 3 2016
Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day created to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all. Read more.
Commission supports call for independent inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders in state care - December 1 2016
The Human Rights Commission says an independent inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders while under the care of the state is needed if we are to ensure it never happens again. Read more.
Commission welcomes Government’s commitment to ban seclusion in schools - November 3
The Human Rights Commission welcomes the commitment to ban seclusion in schools but adds that more changes still need to be made. Read more.
Disability Rights Commissioner asks the Government if schools with seclusion practices retain its confidence - October 25
Paul Gibson has written to the Ministry of Education asking whether it's confident leadership at the schools under investigation for seclusion like practices can ensure the safety and welfare of students. Read more.
Human Rights Commission concerned about the safety of children in schools - October 18 2016
The Commission expresses concern about the use of seclusion rooms in schools in New Zealand. Read more.
UN recommendations on the rights of New Zealand children with disabilities welcomed - October 12 2016
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed United Nations recommendations made to the New Zealand Government to strengthen the rights of children with disabilities. Read more.
Accession to UN convention significant development for disabled New Zealanders - October 5 2016 The rights of people with disabilities will be strengthened this month with New Zealand’s accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.
Paul Gibson: The Paralympics and visibility - September 23 2016
My hope is that our mainstream media’s coverage of the exploits of New Zealanders with disabilities doesn’t just tail off after the Paralympics, writes Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson. Read more.
Robert Martin elected to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - June 15 2016
This morning New Zealander Robert Martin was elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN headquarters in New York. Read more.
Paul Gibson: History in the making - Robert Martin’s Election at the UN - June 13 2016
A couple of months ago, the New Zealand government announced it was officially nominating former Prime Minister Helen Clark for Secretary General, the United Nation’s top job. Read more.
HRC leads review into seclusion and restraint practices - June 8 2016
The Human Rights Commission is leading a review into seclusion and restraint practices in New Zealand with funding from the United Nations. Read more.
Open minds & doors for disabled Kiwis - June 1 2016
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Government’s Hidden Talent Tour to encourage employers to take on more New Zealanders with disabilities. Read more.
All New Zealand children have a right to attend their local school - April 18 2016
The Human Rights Commission is calling for more to be done to ensure disabled children can attend their local school. Read more.
We have failed our disabled children: time for bold action - April 13 2016
We welcome the independent expert panel’s review of Child Youth and Family and look forward to working alongside relevant agencies to realise the human rights of New Zealand children with disabilities. Read more.
World Down Syndrome Day: Recognising Value In All Lives - March 18 2016
Over the last couple of months, there has been extensive coverage of the Zika virus as a potential cause of microcephaly, a medical condition resulting in a smaller than average head size. Read more.
Paul Gibson: Building Global Foundations for New Attitudes to Including Disabled People - December 10 2015
Gary Williams, the winner of the lifetime contribution award at this year's Attitude Awards, has been at the forefront of change. His is a voice worth listening to. Read more.
Statement: disability centre mass shooting in California - December 3 2015
BREAKING: Mass shooting at a Disability centre in the US. Read more.
Disability and invisibility: celebration and achievement, or a journey into detention - December 3 2015
Internationally, the biggest problem in making disabled people's rights real has been identified as our invisibility. Including people with not so visible learning disabilities in everyday activity can be challenging, but the inclusion of these people must urgently be achieved. Read more.
People with disabilities deserve a fair go at work - June 29 2015
Tracking Equalities at Work research released by the Human Rights Commission yesterday shows that New Zealand’s disabled population has nearly double the level of unemployment than non-disabled people. Disability Rights Commissioner, Paul Gibson says that it is a human right to work and clearly New Zealand needs to do better in this area. Read more.
Reasonable Accommodation Guide focussing on persons with disabilities released - November 26 2015
New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism (comprising the Office of the Ombudsman, the Human Rights Commission and the Convention Coalition Monitoring Group) has published a guide on reasonable accommodation of persons with disabilities. Read more.
Be included and include all on 3 Dec - November 20 2015
Today the Human Rights Commission launched a nationwide campaign to celebrate the lives of disabled New Zealanders in preparation for United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December. Read more.
Submission to the Education and Science Committee Inquiry (4/11/15) - November 4 2015
Today, Disability Rights Commissioner, Paul Gibson will speak to his submission on the ‘Inquiry into the identification and support for students with significant challenges of dyslexia, dyspraxia and autistic spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools’. Read more.
Disability Rights Commissioner calls for law change - October 28 2015
Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson is gravely concerned about the lack of legal safeguards to protect disabled children from undergoing unnecessary medical procedures. Read more.
Human Rights Commission condemns dumping of disabled taxi passenger - September 22 2015
The Human Rights Commission has condemned the actions of a Hamilton taxi driver who abandoned a disabled passenger on a busy road this week. Read more.
Game changers and sporting special moments - August 10 2015
The NZ Paralympics swimming team are returning home with a haul of medals. Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fischer have a bucket each and this is of course a fantastic achievement. Read more.
Harry Potter and the demise of orphanages - July 19 2015
To a spellbound crowd in overflowing room at the United Nations, Robert Martin weaves the same magic he did at the UN a decade ago. Read more.
Enray, poverty and the sustainable development goals. - June 13 2015
Enray is a young girl in a developing country who needs crutches. Her parents earn one dollar a day. Read more.
Harry Potter and the covenant of hope - June 11 2015
I am at the United Nations disability rights convention conference in New York to engage in discussion and work with others to search for solutions to end the denial of disabled people’s rights. Read more.
Autism Awareness Day - April 2 2015
My daughter comes home from school talking about things she has learnt from her friend with autism. She tells me they are both doing well in maths and music and that even though they can’t have a spoken conversation, they share and learn a lot together. Read more.
21 March – a day of human rights - March 20 2015
I want to paint a picture of some neat recent events: A stunningly dressed couple smile on their wedding day with the Christchurch cardboard cathedral as a backdrop; a drummer crashes the cymbals at the end of a song that rocked the whole dance floor; a young woman celebrates achieving several NCEA level 2 subjects, including maths; a young woman does a flip and is caught by fellow cheerleaders. Read more.
State schools still not on target to give all children access - February 23 2015
‘Success for All – Every School, Every Child' is the government’s vision and work programme to achieve a fully inclusive education system. Read more.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3 2014
Clearly more government action is needed to provide New Zealanders with disabilities the human rights they deserve. Read more.
Serious Concerns about human rights and the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill - June 5 2014
The Human Rights Commission has raised concerns over a proposed law change that may breach New Zealand’s international and human rights obligations. Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson appeared before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee Select Committee today. Read more.
A pink shirt today says we can stop children bullying - May 26 2017
Chief Commissioner David Rutherford talks about what can be done to reduce bullying in New Zealand. Read more.
Independent report highlights urgent need for action on seclusion and restraint practices - April 27 2017
A new independent report has outlined a number of serious concerns about New Zealand’s seclusion and restraint practices, says the Human Rights Commission. Read more.
Chief Human Rights Commissioner endorses Ombudsman’s hard-hitting OPCAT report on Restraint in Prisons - March 1 2017
Concerning details around the use of restraint in a number of New Zealand prisons have highlighted the importance of independent monitoring of places of detention in New Zealand. Read more.
Clear and agreed plan needed to address child poverty numbers - December 13 2016
Urgent action needs to be taken to answer the calls for a reduction in New Zealand’s persistently high child poverty numbers. Read more.
Commission welcomes youth justice age raise - December 7 2016
The Human Rights Commission has today welcomed news that the youth justice age will be raised to 18. Read more.
All kiwi homes are vulnerable, if property rights aren’t better protected says Commission - November 3 2016
The Human Rights Commission is calling for greater protection of property rights for New Zealanders, following today’s release of a monitoring report on human rights in the Canterbury earthquake recovery. Read more.
Rugby: Former rugby boss David Rutherford says game needs more women in positions of power - September 29 2016
Former rugby chief David Rutherford states that cleaning up rugby off the field comes with giving more women positions of power, management, and governance within NZR. Read more.
Commission releases guidelines for prioritisation of vulnerable insurance customers - September 28
The Human Rights Commission has released guidelines to help insurers, and potentially other businesses and social sector agencies, to prioritise vulnerable customers. Read more.
Assisted dying in NZ given 'orange light' by human rights watchdog - September 22 2016
New Zealand's human rights watchdog has given the "orange light" to assisted dying, saying that the Government should proceed with caution and only if strict safeguards are in place. Read more.
Seclusion and Restraint review about to get underway - August 30 2016
Humanely meeting the needs of detained individuals, including those who have complex mental health and psycho-social conditions, is a key area of concern. This year, the Commission is leading a review into seclusion and restraint practices in New Zealand. Read more.
Intelligence and Security Bill good effort, but scrutiny needed - August 17 2016
The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, saying it is an improvement on current legislation, but still raises issues of concern. Read more.
Spencer v Attorney General: decision on disabled New Zealanders and their caregivers welcomed - July 21 2015
The Human Rights Commission has paid tribute to Margaret Spencer who has successfully challenged Government policies that excluded family members from receiving publicly funded payments for providing disability support. Mrs Spencer has provided care for her 48-year-old son Paul, who has Downs Syndrome, throughout his life. Read more.
Margaret Spencer’s battle is on behalf of all family carer - July 21, 2016
For nearly 50 years, Auckland mother Margaret Spencer has cared for her son Paul who has Down Syndrome and needs round the clock support. Read more.
Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities welcomed - July 1 2015
The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was tabled in the New Zealand Parliament today. Read more.
School bullying: It's about student safety not a school's reputation - June 22 2015
The Human Rights Commission says New Zealand schools must call the Police when students suffer serious assaults. Read more.
David Rutherford: Supporting international work on Mega Sports Events and Human Rights - June 17 2016
The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has accepted an invitation to join the recently formed Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee intended to assess the need for innovative efforts on these the human rights issues associated with Mega Sports Events, including the potential for establishing a new independent centre for human rights learning, legacy and accountability for mega-sporting events. Read more.
Bullying Free NZ Week - June 2 2015
The very first Bullying Free NZ Week took place from 16 – 20 May, marking the progress that has been made on bullying prevention and highlighting the further work that can be done to make sure all children are safe at school. Read more.
David Rutherford: Website a huge step in stopping bullying - May 20 2016
As I put my pink shirt on today, I'm doing it with the knowledge that over the past year, some great things have been achieved in the space of bullying prevention. Read more.
Why what FIFA does is about more than just Football - April 24 2015
Harvard Professor John Ruggie’s report, “For the Game for the World – FIFA and Human Rights” will have a profound effect on global sport because as night follows day, other international sports federations will follow FIFA’s reforms. Read more.
David Rutherford: Why we need to honour our ANZAC legacy - April 22 2016
It is Anzac Day again. In the last week I have been in two small places, Whangara and Eastbourne, from which young men left in World War One and World War Two. Read more.
David Rutherford's Statement To The UN Human Rights Committee - March 17 2016
Statement to the UN Human Rights Committee 14 March 2016
New Zealand’s national human rights institution welcomes the opportunity to address the United Nations Human Rights Committee on New Zealand’s compliance with its international legal obligations under the International Covenant for Political and Civil Rights. Read more.
Human Rights Commission calls for urgent reform of New Zealand adoption laws - March 9 2016
New Zealand's 61-year-old adoption laws are discriminatory and outdated, according to a new ruling by the Human Rights Review Tribunal. Read more.
Security Review Report - well judged, proportionate - March 9 2016
The Human Rights Commission broadly welcomes the report of the Cullen/Reddy Review, considering it well-judged and reflective of New Zealand’s democratic values. Read more.
Violence against women and children a major problem for NZ - March 3 2016
In just over two weeks Chief Human Rights Commissioner, David Rutherford will present to the UN Human Rights Commission as part of New Zealand’s 6th periodic review under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Read more.
David Rutherford: Terrorists win if our privacy is lost - February 24 2016
The Independent Review of Intelligence and Security Services is due to deliver its recommendations to the Government on Monday 29 February. Read more.
Prevention is better than cure - February 21 2016
Leading up to the fifth anniversary of the Canterbury February 2011 earthquakes, more earthquakes and media coverage have jolted Canterbury and its recovery back into the headlines. Read more.
Better data collection is crucial if we are going to reduce bullying in our schools. - February 16 2016
Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford is calling for better data collection about bullies as part of a prevention plan to be finalised this year. The Commission is on the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group and helped work on bullying prevention guidelines that were released to schools last year. Read more.
Play Your Part For Safer Internet Day - February 9 2016
Today is the global day of celebration for all things Internet safety. From humble beginnings in 2004, Safer Internet Day now includes 100 countries on every continent in the world. Read more.
Let quake outcasts move on says Chief Human Rights Commissioner - February 4 2016
The Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford is calling on the Government yet again to settle the Quake Outcasts case following yesterday’s announcement that the Outcasts have had to file new High Court proceedings in relation to the Government’s most recent land offer. Read more.
Respecting human rights makes good business sense - December 21 2015
The Human Rights Commission has always been involved in business and human rights through its mediation of unlawful discrimination complaints, and now the Commission is expanding its work in the business and human rights area, Chief Commissioner David Rutherford explained at a UN Association NZ forum on Human Rights Day, 10 December. Read more.
Mental health in places of detention - December 21 2015
This year the predominant findings of agencies monitoring places of detention in New Zealand is that the mental health of a substantial number of detainees is at risk of worsening while they are under state care. Read more.
Human Rights Commission welcomes patients, not prisoners, initiative - December 18 2015
Last week Mr Rutherford, speaking as Chair of the National Preventative Mechanism which published its annual Monitoring Places of Detention report, said that “New Zealand is experiencing a crisis in regard to managing mental health needs of detainees. Read more.
Chief Commissioner David Rutherford's speech on business and human rights - December 11 2015
I will speak to you today about some of the Human Rights Commission’s work on Business and Human Rights in New Zealand. I will cover the work we have done and the work we are proposing to do. I will do so by reference to the three pillars of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Read more.
‘Leave no-one behind’ essential in emergency response - November 5 2015
Participation in decisions by and safeguarding the rights of people affected by national emergencies are two key principles the Human Rights Commission wants to see underpinning Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies. Read more.
Kiwis with concerns about immigration detention centres should contact Australian HRC - October 20 2015
New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission has urged Kiwis with concerns about loved ones in Australian immigration detention centres to contact the Australian Human Rights Commission. Read more.
Commission welcomes Children’s Commissioner’s CYFS review - August 27 2015
We owe it to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders – children and adults – to learn from and never repeat the trauma and pain they have endured while under the “care” of their own Government says the Human Rights Commission. Read more.
Protecting the Balance: Trust, Confidence, Privacy and Intelligence - July 17 2015
Speech: “Protecting the Balance: Trust, Confidence, Privacy and Intelligence”
NZIP Annual Conference, 15 July 2015
I’d like to look at the theme of this year’s conference in the context of something our country was fighting for in much darker times than today. Read more.
HRC to monitor Harmful Digital Communications Act - July 1 2015
The Human Rights Commission welcomes new laws to address cyber-bullying and supports a review in a year’s time to check whether the objectives of the legislation are being met. Read more.
Commission continues to urge Government to act reasonably, consistently and with dignity - June 25 2015
Four years after a series of quakes forever changed the lives of many Canterbury people the Human Rights Commission is continuing to urge Government to treat affected people “reasonably, generously, consistently and with dignity”. Read more.
UN report says NZ must improve in many areas - May 18 2015
Significant issues highlighted by the Human Rights Commission have been reflected in the most recent UN report on New Zealand’s human rights performance. Read more.
Commission calls for cross party accord on housing - April 17 2015
Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford supports calls for all political parties to agree to a cross party accord to address the “very serious” issues facing New Zealand with respect to adequate housing. Read more.
Avoiding the First Week Blues - March 30 2015
Being bullied at school was miserable for Jesse Greenslade, but launching his children’s book at the Human Rights Commission’s Auckland office was a great experience he says. Read more.
Human Rights Commission delighted with Supreme Court result - March 13 2015
The government should act swiftly and take an individualised approach to each of the families remaining in Christchurch’s Red Zone, says Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the ‘Quake Outcasts’ today. Read more.
Being a small person matters - February 19 2015
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child says that in all actions concerning children the best interests of the child shall be the paramount consideration. Read more.
Many care residences not monitored for ill-treatment - January 15 2015
Chief Commissioner David Rutherford says that while most places of detention are monitored for ill-treatment, there are many, such as locked aged-care facilities and community-based homes for disabled persons, which are not. Read more.
Governments must protect their citizens but not at the expense of their rights - October 23 2014
Terrorism is an affront to our freedom, human dignity and right to life. States, like New Zealand, have a legal and moral obligation to protect their citizens from terrorism and its impacts, and to address and eradicate both terrorism and its causes. Read more.
The Harmful Digital Communications Bill - March 20 2014
In the Commission’s submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee, Chief Commissioner David Rutherford says the right to be free from bullying is fundamental to the realisation of basic human rights. Read more.