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Never Again

Why Never Again must mean Never Again – Dr Judith Aitken - April 6 2017

Presidents, monarchs, politicians, prophets and religious leaders often claim that their visionary idea, innovative policies or new law will “ensure that [this] never happens again.” Read more


2016 annual Monitoring places of Detention report released - March 27 2017

A report outlining issues facing people in places of detention and detailing the pieces of work underway to address them has been tabled in Parliament. Read more


Dame Susan Devoy: State child care may explain why so many Maori are in prison - March 2 2017

Years ago in a small town a Maori boy was caught stealing lollies at the local four square. Read more.


PM's refusal to meet to discuss the abuse of New Zealanders held in state care deeply disappointing - February 24 2017

The Human Rights Commission says the Prime Minister’s refusal to meet commissioners to discuss the abuse of New Zealanders held in state run institutions is deeply disappointing. Read more.


Commission asks Kiwis to demand independent inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders in state care - February 13 2017

The Commission has asked Kiwis to join their call for an inquiry into the abuse of people while they were under the care of the Government. Read more.


E Kore Ano: Never Again - February 13 2017

Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen discusses the need for the inquiry into the abuse in state care. Read more

That's Us

That’s Us - Race Relations Day, celebrating Wellingtons’ diversity - March 27 2017

21 March was International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Hundreds of events take place throughout New Zealand showcasing the diverse cultures that make up our country, through dance, music and food. Read more. 


New Zealand's first Anti Racism campaign reaches more than 2 million people - March 21 2017

The Human Rights Commission’s That’s Us anti-racism campaign has reached almost 2 million people (1.9 million) and engaged with more than 600,000 people since its launch on the 1st September 2016. Read more.


Stand up for each other - Support, Record, Report - March 21 2017

This year for Race Relations Day the Human Rights Commission has urged New Zealanders to stand up for one another and to stand up for what we believe in. Read more.


Diversity forum sees launch of That’s Us campaign - December 9 2016

Since being launched at the Diversity Forum, the Human Rights Commission’s That’s Us campaign has engaged with more than one million people through sharing everyday people’s real life stories of racial prejudice. Read more.


Human Rights Commission pays tribute to New Zealanders sharing their personal stories of Racism - October 18 2016

The country's first national campaign opposing racism and prejudice - #ThatsUs - has reached over half a million people in just one month. Read more.


The Human Rights Commission responds to Julia Sloane's allegations against Race Relations Commissioner - September 28 2016

The Human Rights Commission vehemently denies the allegations that Race Relations Commissioner has "defamed" Auckland woman Julia Sloane. Read more.


Let other New Zealanders know their racist words are not OK - Race Relations Commissioner - September 19 2016

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says the upcoming Housewives of Auckland episode shows that “some New Zealanders still think it’s OK to say ignorant, offensive and racist things and it’s up to the rest of us to tell them that it’s not OK.” Read more.


That's Us Race Relations Campaign Launches - September 2 2016

An Open Letter to all New Zealanders from Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner. Read more.


Love Rugby. Respect Women.

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.


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.


New Zealanders asked to add signatures to open letter to NZ Rugby - September 9 2016

The Human Rights Commission is calling on New Zealanders to sign an open letter to New Zealand Rugby, which asks them to seek support in addressing their internal culture issues. 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.


Terrorism

David Rutherford's Statement To The UN Human Rights Committee - March 17 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.


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.


Australians show solidarity with Muslims online - December 16 2014 

In the wake of the tragedy that unfolded in Sydney, a single tweet and one small act of kindness towards a Muslim woman, inspired an online movement which saw thousands of people take a take a stand against anti-Muslim sentiment. Read more.


Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill needs amending to better protect human rights - November 27 2014

The Human Rights Commission submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee this afternoon on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill makes specific recommendations relating to passport denial; increasing safeguards around visual surveillance by the SIS; and limiting the time allowed for warrantless emergency surveillance. Read more.


Muslim New Zealanders stand alongside victims of terrorism in peace, solidarity and humanity - November 14 2015

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand issued a joint statement tonight with the NZ Human Rights Commission in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon. Read more.


Governments must protect their citizens but not at the expense of their rights 

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.


Poverty and Housing

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.


Housing project includes houses catering for disabled - March 3 2016

Two government-funded, special housing development projects in Auckland are changing lives because these houses are modified for people with disabilities. Read more.


Half baked data won't help solve housing woes - July 13, 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says blaming ethnic groups for complex economic problems is neither new nor unique to New Zealand. Read more.


Homelessness part and parcel of Christchurch social crisis - April 30 2015 

Christchurch's lack of affordable housing isn't the only social crisis in the city according to Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley. 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.


Detention Monitoring

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


2016 annual Monitoring places of Detention report released - March 31 2017

A report outlining issues facing people in places of detention and detailing the pieces of work underway to address them has been tabled in Parliament. 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


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.


Seclusion and Restraint: Do you want to share your experience? - September 22 2016

The Human Rights Commission - with our NPM partners - is leading a project to review seclusion and restraint policies and practices in New Zealand. 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.


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.


The OPCAT and what it can do for aged care in New Zealand - June 2 2016

A growing aging population means there is increased demand for quality aged residential and community care. With those in need of that care and support often ending up in situations where they are vulnerable, Governments must ensure that they are protected and treated with dignity. 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 here and view the annual report here.


UPDATE: New Zealanders in Australian detention centres, and Australia’s UPR - November 10 2015

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission reiterates that the matter of New Zealanders in Australian detention centres is an Australian human rights issue affecting New Zealanders in Australia. 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.


Torture Prevention Ambassadors report on promising projects - October 2 2015 

The APF's nine Torture Prevention Ambassadors recently met in Mongolia to share their progress in implementing a range of innovative projects to address the root causes of torture and ill-treatment in places of detention in their respective countries. Read more.


UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - June 25 2015

June 26th marks UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. New Zealand has ratified the Convention Against Torture (CAT). 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.


OPCAT Annual Report Released - December 9 2014

On 9 December 1988 the United Nations General Assembly approved the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment which states that ‘All persons under any form of detention or imprisonment shall be treated in a humane manner and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person’ (Principle 1). Read more.


Mental Health

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.


E Kore Ano: Never Again - February 13 2017

Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen discusses the need for the inquiry into the abuse in state care. Read more


Commission asks Kiwis to demand independent inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders in state care - February 13 2017

The Commission has asked Kiwis to join their call for an inquiry into the abuse of people while they were under the care of the Government. 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.


Substance Addiction Bill - June 2 2016

The Substance Addiction Bill (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) has had its first reading in Parliament recently, and while it’s a step in the right direction there is still more to be done to ensure it meets the needs of those who need it most. Read more.


Human rights implications in Substance Addiction Bill - May 19 2016 The Human Rights Commission supports the broad intent of the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill but says changes are needed to address significant human rights implications. Read more.


Combating Mental Illness Stigma with Young People’s Ideas - January 20 2016 POD (Point of Difference) is a new initiative that’s all about supporting young people to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. The programme hooks young people up with the right people, develops their skills and sees their ideas all the way through to a reality. 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.


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.


Mental Health Awareness Week - October 7 2015

The theme of this year’s mental health awareness week (5-11 October) is ‘Give – Give your time, your words and your presence’. 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.


Christchurch Rebuild

Red Zone Report - December 9 2016

In early November, the Commission released the second of two reports on monitoring human rights in the Canterbury earthquake recovery. Read more.


David Rutherford: New Zealand's chance to get a disaster recovery right - November 24 2016

As towns across the country rattle and roll with aftershocks and the clean-up from the recent earthquake continues, there will be thousands looking to the experiences of those in Canterbury for ideas about what to do next. Read more.


Commission urges New Zealanders to look to civil defence experts for earthquake guidance - November 16 2016 

The HRC says that the blaming gay people for the recent deadly earthquakes is ironic given that today is an international day dedicated to tolerance. 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.


Commission releases guidelines for prioritisation of vulnerable insurance customers - September 28 2016

The Human Rights Commission has released guidelines to help insurers, and potentially other businesses and social sector agencies, to prioritise vulnerable customers. Read more.


Remembering 22 February, 5 years on - February 23 2016

I shared the leadership of the River of Flowers remembrance at Te Pā ō Tautahi / The Bricks / Barbadoes St Bridge today. Still poignant, heartfelt and incredibly sad, five years on. 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.


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.


Living in the red zone - December 21 2015

For most of us living outside Christchurch’s so called ‘red zone’ it is hard to imagine a life where, almost five years after the devastating earthquakes of February 2011, over 300 people are still grappling with financial pressures, bureaucratic frustrations and degrading services and infrastructure. 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.


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.


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.

Children/Youth Rights

Children/Youth Rights

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.


Submission on the Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill published - March 20 2017

The Human Rights Commission has published their submission on the Children, Young Persons and their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Amendment Bill. Read more


E Kore Ano: Never Again - February 13 2017

Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen discusses the need for the inquiry into the abuse in state care. Read more


Commission asks Kiwis to demand independent inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders in state care - February 13 2017

The Commission has asked Kiwis to join their call for an inquiry into the abuse of people while they were under the care of the Government. 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.


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.


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.


New Zealand children must be safe at school: without exception - November 29 2016

The Human Rights Commission says Government must ensure New Zealand children’s rights, safety and wellbeing are protected when they are at school: without exception. 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 Committee reviews New Zealand's treatment of children - September 15 2016

The Commission has recommended that the New Zealand Government develops and carries out a properly funded children’s rights plan that identifies actions and measures results in an effort to address the significant issues facing many of New Zealand’s children. Read more.


School bullying: It's about student safety not a school's reputation - June 22 2016

The Human Rights Commission says New Zealand schools must call the Police when students suffer serious assaults. 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.


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.


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.


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


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.


An interview with Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills - June 24 2015

Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills says the continued poverty of thousands of New Zealand children results in enduring damage and contributes to 40,000 hospital admissions every year. Read more.


Christina Noble – Fighting For Children's Rights - May 22 2015

"In Ireland they like to call me 'Mother Teresa with balls', but you can take that out if you think the expression is too crude.” 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. However, as revealed in a Radio New Zealand interview today, reports of a Papakura school’s resistance to enrolling a child because of their disability, clearly shows that the government has a way to go to achieve this, says Disability Commissioner Paul Gibson. Read more.


Better data collection is crucial if we are going to reduce bullying in our schools. - February 16 2015

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.


UNCROC public consultation – have your say - January 16 2015

The Ministry of Social Development would like to announce the opening of public consultation on New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report (Report) under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). Read more.


Māori children denied basic human rights - June 25 2012

Many Māori children are being denied their basic human rights because of poverty and inadequate public services, says the Human Rights Commission. Read more.


Education

Promised Land - an LGBTQI+ children's book based on diversity - February 21 2017

Last week, after much hard work and a fundraiser run through Kickstarter, Kiwi writers announced the publication of their children’s book – Promised Land. Read more.


Online human rights education and training resources being developed - December 12 2016

In an effort to further promote and advocate respect for, and an understanding and appreciation of, human rights in New Zealand, the Commission is currently developing an online human rights education curriculum. Read more.


New SOGI and Sex Characteristics Manual released - June 22 2016

In the wake of a heartbreaking week for the LGBTQI community, their family and friends directly and indirectly impacted upon by the Orlando massacre, the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions(APF) is launching its SOGI and Sex Characteristics Manual for NHRIs. This is a world-first publication by NHRIs on this issue. Read more.


School bullying: It's about student safety not a school's reputation - June 22 2016

The Human Rights Commission says New Zealand schools must call the Police when students suffer serious assaults. 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. However, as revealed in a Radio New Zealand interview today, reports of a Papakura school’s resistance to enrolling a child because of their disability, clearly shows that the government has a way to go to achieve this, says Disability Commissioner Paul Gibson. Read more.


Education programme about Disability Convention being developed - January 16 2015 

The Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) is currently developing an education programme about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) for staff of disability support services. Read more.


Bullying/Harrassment

Neo Nazi uniform has no place in a march against child abuse – Susan Devoy - June 23 2016

This month when I opened a copy of the Wairarapa Times Age, a New Zealander wearing a Neo Nazi uniform stared back at me. Read more.


Bullying Free NZ Week - June 2 2016 

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.


New bullying prevention hub welcomed - May 18 2016

A new online resource to support schools and their communities in tackling bullying has just launched at www.bullyingfree.nz. Read more.


Looking Out For International Students: Don't Be A Bystander - March 31 2016

The Human Rights Commission has urged New Zealanders to look out for one another and to dob in violent criminals. 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.


Cyber-bullying Bill passes second reading in parliament - March 25 2015

A Bill to curb the growing incidence of cyber-bullying and its devastating effects passed its second reading in Parliament Tuesday night. 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.


Better data collection is crucial if we are going to reduce bullying in our schools. - February 16 2015

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.

Human Rights

Human Rights

Court of Appeal affirms ability to determine Declaration of Inconsistency with Bill of Rights Act - May 26 2017

The Court of Appeal affirmed today, in Attorney-General v Taylor, that the High Court does have the authority to issue a declaration that a statute is inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. Read more.


Human Rights Commission not advocating change to hate speech laws - April 4 2017

The Human Rights Commission confirmed today it was not advocating for a change to hate speech laws. Read more.


Frame Works: Walkable art trail to raise money for asylum seekers - February 28 2017

Artists have come together to create a walkable art trail in order to raise money for the Asylum Seekers Support Trust. Read more.


We need to collect hate crime data - February 16 2017

The Human Rights Commission confirmed today that there is no need for new hate crime laws but there is a need to collect data when hate crimes take place. 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.


Auckland Human Rights Commission office move - August 30 2016

With construction underway for the City Rail link the timing couldn’t have been better for the Commission to move to a new home earlier this month. Read more.


Refreshed A – Z Pre Employment Guide release - August 30 2016

A revised and refreshed resource, published by the Commission, sees employers and employees armed with answers to the important pre-employment questions they may have. Read more.


Human Rights Commission welcomes Simon Xu to the team - August 29 2016

In early July the Commission welcomed Simon Xu, a Masters level student at the China University of Political Science and Law - Institute for Human Rights (CUPL), to the country as part of the New Zealand Human Rights internship. 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.


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 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.


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.


Labyrinth of Lies - an interview with Giulio Ricciarelli - June 12 2016

Powerful and haunting, “Labyrinth of Lies” is an eye-opening story about the importance of seeking the truth - even when it’s complicated, ugly and buried beneath years of secrecy and deceit. Read more.


Bill enshrines powers of Human Rights Commission - June 10 2016

A Bill to improve the Human Rights Commission’s ability to deal with crucial issues passed its third and final reading in Parliament today. Read more.


Human Rights Commission dealing with Whaleoil cartoon - May 13 2016 The Human Rights Commission has confirmed it is dealing with a cartoon by BoomSlang published on the Whaleoil website through processes defined by the Human Rights Act. Read more.


Why what FIFA does is about more than just Football - April 27 2016

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.


Anzac Day: Leanne Pooley Discusses Her Boundary-Pushing Gallipoli Documentary, '25 April' - April 25 2016

The words “Gallipoli” and “Anzac” have many meanings and hold great significance, as the conflict helped to define the trajectory of our nation and answer the question of who we are as New Zealanders'. Read more.


Anzac Day – a time to take a stand against hatred: Susan Devoy - April 22 2016

The Human Rights Commission says Anzac Day is a time for New Zealanders to remember those things our grandparents stood for and stand up against intolerance and prejudice. 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. Many men who left never to returned. It is in these small places you can see and feel the impact of war. Read more.


HRC Submission On The TPPA - March 15 2015

The Human Rights Commission has made a submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). You can read the submission here. Read more.


HRC to report to the UN on New Zealand's compliance with the ICCPR - March 12 2016

New Zealand reports regularly to United Nations committees about compliance with human rights obligations. On 14 and 15 March 2016 the United Nations Human Rights Committee will be considering New Zealand’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Read more.


New Zealand’s human rights record faces review by UN Committee - March 9 2016

Press Release: United Nations

As one of the 168 States that have ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), New Zealand is required to undergo regular review by the Committee on how it is implementing the Covenant. 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.


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.


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.


Family violence policies a must for all businesses - January 29 2016

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.


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.


Zerbanoo Gifford - "An Uncensored Life"- December 15 2015

Zerbanoo Gifford, a human rights campaigner, is coming to Auckland. The author and founding director of the ASHA Centre, a charity supporting philanthropy worldwide and empowerment of young people, will be in the city from 27 Dec to 9 Jan for the World Zoroastrian International Youth Congress. 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. 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.


‘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 who stand up for human rights - October 12 2015

The Human Rights Commission has paid tribute to everyday Kiwis who stand up for the rights of other people. The 10th December marks the day when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. 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.


7/7/2005 – 10 years on - September 10 2015

“What unites us is greater than what divides,” Dr Gill Hicks.

Ten years after the London Bombings, Dr Gill Hicks walks for peace and encourages conversations about how to get peace on earth but actually, she has a right to be very angry. Read more.


Listen to peace advocate Gill Hicks on Radio NZ - September 8 2015

Australian Gill Hicks was almost killed in the July 2005 London Tube bombings. She lost both her legs. Read more.


Ever wondered what 'Privilege' is? - July 20 2015

“Privilege is complex…” But what exactly is privilege and is there any way to describe it? - 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. 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.


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.


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.


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 (here). Read more.


NZ Human Rights National Plan of Action - June 17 2015

New Zealand’s Human Rights Action Plan (NPA) is a free interactive tool which monitors human rights in New Zealand. 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.


Cannes and Documentary Edge film festivals: giving faces to the faceless - May 26 2015

Powerful films and unforgettable documentaries can highlight human rights in ways speeches and documents never will says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. 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.


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.


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.


Human Rights Commission welcomes Mediaworks statement - March 16 2015

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed a statement from Mediaworks chief executive Mark Weldon that two X Factor judges are no longer suitable to judge the reality show. Read more.


Changing of the guard - February 23 2015

The Commission’s new Chief Executive, Cynthia Brophy, started on 15 January 2015. Cynthia has been working at general management level for over 20 years and has had major roles in both the private and public sectors. 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.


Governments must protect their citizens but not at the expense of their rights - October 24 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.


Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue: Challenges and achievements since Beijing 1995 - June 11 2011

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.


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.


Human Rights Record

Bill enshrines powers of Human Rights Commission - June 10 2016

A Bill to improve the Human Rights Commission’s ability to deal with crucial issues passed its third and final reading in Parliament today. Read more.


Human rights implications in Substance Addiction Bill - May 19 2016

The Human Rights Commission supports the broad intent of the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill but says changes are needed to address significant human rights implications. Read more.


David Rutherford's Statement To The UN Human Rights Committee - March 17 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.


New Zealand’s human rights record faces review by UN Committee - March 9 2016

Press Release: United Nations As one of the 168 States that have ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), New Zealand is required to undergo regular review by the Committee on how it is implementing the Covenant. Read more.


Euthanasia

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.


Assisted Dying: The human rights debate - March 3 2016

The euthanasia issue has already been called the debate of the year. The Human Rights Commission has made a submission to the Health Select Committee’s Investigation into End of Life Matters. Read more.


Human Rights Commission pays tribute to Lecretia Seales - June 5 2015

The Human Rights Commission paid tribute to the late Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales today. Read more.


HRC submission on end of life matters - February 5 2016

The Human Rights Commission has made a submission to the Health Select Committee in Relation to its Investigation into End of Life Matters. Read more.

LGBTQI+

LGBTQI+

IDAHOT puts violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI community front and centre - May 17 2017

Issues that still need to be addressed for the LGBTIQ+ community in New Zealand are being highlighted today as International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) is marked. Read more.


Fourth International Intersex Forum - May 2 2017

Between the 20th and 23rd of April 2017, a Fourth International Intersex Forum was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Read more.


Ponsonby Pride Parade 2017 - March 6 2017

Auckland Pride month closed with the colourful Pride Parade that took place on Ponsonby Road at the end of February. Read more.


Promised Land - an LGBTQI+ children's book based on diversity - February 21 2017

Last week, after much hard work and a fundraiser run through Kickstarter, Kiwi writers announced the publication of their children’s book – Promised Land. Read more.


Big Gay Out 2017 - Ending HIV - February 15 2017

Auckland Pride kicked off last Friday, and Sunday marked one of the main events of the festival: Big Gay Out. Read more


Commission welcomes historic conviction quashing announcement - February 9 2017

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the announcement that historic convictions for sex between men in New Zealand will be quashed. Read more.


What's it like to be intersex? - January 17 2017

Early last year, the New Zealand Human Rights Commission co-hosted a Roundtable, that brought together multiple stakeholders to address New Zealand’s current practice of genital normalisation on intersex children.

The reality is that around the same number of babies are born intersex as they are with red hair: around 1 in every 2,000. Read more


Human Rights Commission welcomes New Zealand PM’s position on marriage equality - December 12 2016

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed Prime Minister Bill English’s statement that he would vote differently on gay marriage if it came up to the vote now. Read more.


Intersex Roundtable Report and Project - December 9 2016

The Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand and the Commission co-hosted a roundtable in April 2016, that brought together multiple stakeholders to address New Zealand’s current practice of genital normalisation on intersex children. Read more.


UN Free & Equal: Intersex Awareness - October 27 2016

In many countries, intersex children are subjected to repeated surgery and treatment to try to change their sex characteristics and appearance, causing terrible physical, psychological and emotional pain – and violating their rights. Read more.


UN urges our Government to protect the rights of intersex children - October 10 2016

Landmark recommendations on the rights of intersex children made to the Government by the UN have been welcomed by the Commission and Intersex Trust New Zealand. Read more.


Commission becomes first public sector agency to achieve the Rainbow Tick - September 15 2016

The Human Rights Commission has today become the first public sector agency to achieve the Rainbow Tick and has been assessed as meeting the NZ Standard for gender and sexual diversity in employment. Read more.


Richard Tankersley – “I stopped playing rugby because I’m gay” - August 30 2016

For Commissioner Tankersley, we will have arrived when a gay guy can play third grade rugby for his local club and turn up to the after function with his male partner. Read more


Community News: UN Human Rights Council Establishes LGBTI Independent Expert - July 5 2016

The United Nations Human Rights Council have made history by establishing an Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more.


New SOGI and Sex Characteristics Manual released - June 22 2016

In the wake of a heartbreaking week for the LGBTQI community, their family and friends directly and indirectly impacted upon by the Orlando massacre, the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions(APF) is launching its SOGI and Sex Characteristics Manual for NHRIs. This is a world-first publication by NHRIs on this issue. Read more.


NZ Muslims and Human Rights Commission urge Kiwis to stand together - June 14 2016

New Zealand’s Muslim leadership and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission have condemned the violent shooting tragedy in Orlando, Florida. Read more.


Rainbow Tick accreditation progressing well - June 2 2016

New Zealand is the first country in the world to develop an official standard addressing rainbow inclusive workplaces. The Human Rights Commission is one of a number of organisations on track to receive its own Rainbow Tick of approval. Read more.


HRC welcomes NZ sporting codes commitment to diversity and inclusion - May 31 2016

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed today’s commitment to diversity and inclusion from the country’s major sporting organisations, led by New Zealand rugby. 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.


Event: Presentation On The Persecution Of Gay Men And Lesbians Under The Third Reich - February 16 2016

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand are pleased to host Professor William Spurlin for a talk on 'What we know from the historical record: the persecution of gay men and lesbians under the Third Reich'. Read more.


Rainbow issues take centre stage - February 2 2016

Over the last few weeks, there has been an important debate on a number of issues relating to the Rainbow community.

The Commission’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of all New Zealanders so that everyone is able to live their lives in dignity – free from discrimination. Read more.


UN releases intersex fact sheet - October 28 2015

The UN Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (UNHRC) has released an intersex fact sheet in support of its Free&Equal campaign, and as part of the worldwide movement to recognise the human rights of intersex people. Read more.


The incorporation of the ‘gender diverse’ classification by Statistics NZ praised - July 17 2015

Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley today hailed the announcement of the incorporation by Statistics NZ of the ‘gender diverse’ classification into the new statistical standards. Read more.


MPs announce cross-party working group on LGBTI rights - June 2 2015

Members of Parliament have used this year’s Pink Shirt Day to launch a cross-party working group which will to look at and advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Read more.


GAYTM attack sad but the show will go on in full swing - February 20 2015

Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Richard Tankersley says he is really disappointed to see that the GAYTM in Queen Street Auckland has been vandalised. Read more.


Transexual/Gender Non-Conforming

The incorporation of the ‘gender diverse’ classification by Statistics NZ praised - July 17 2015

Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley today hailed the announcement of the incorporation by Statistics NZ of the ‘gender diverse’ classification into the new statistical standards. Read more.


Commission pays tribute to Briar Bentley - July 7 2016

The Human Rights Commission has paid tribute to transgender community leader and passionate human rights advocate, Briar Bentley, who passed away this week. Read more.


Homosexual Law Reform Act

Time to honour those who fought for the human rights of gay NZers - July 28 2016

Thirty years since the Homosexual Law Reform Bill became law, the Human Rights Commission says it’s time to honour those who fought for the human rights of gay New Zealanders. Read more.


Commission celebrates 30 years of Homosexual Law Reform Act - July 8 2016

The Human Rights Commission, in celebrating the 30 years of the Homosexual Law Reform Act, says it would be supportive of the Government ensuring those convicted for activity legalised by the Act, have their human rights restored. Read more.


Commissioner Richard Tankersley: Our journey is ongoing - August 20 2014

Five votes is all it took back in 1986 to change New Zealand history and begin the long and ongoing journey towards human rights for LGBTI Kiwis. Read more.

Violence

Sexual Violence

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.


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.


Commission welcomes $46m of support for sexual violence victims - May 19 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.


Dr Jackie Blue: Inner City Women's Group app a game changer - May 14 2016

Address to INNER CITY WOMEN on the launch of the ‘1 in 3 Be Free’ app. Read more.


Dr Jackie Blue attends CSW60 - March 22 2016

EEO Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue, travelled to New York this month to attend the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) at the United Nations Headquarters. 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.


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.


Select Committee finding on services for sexual violence victims a milestone - December 14 2015

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.


Me aro ki te hā o Hine-ahu-one – Pay heed to the mana of women - November 25 2015

Me aro ki te hā o Hine-ahu-one – Pay heed to the mana of women.

It is timely to remember this whakataukī on this, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 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.


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.


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.


Human Rights Commission welcomes Government moves to respond better to family and sexual violence - July 19 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.


'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.


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. 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.


Concern over the handling of the Sutton complaint - November 19 2014

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.


Family/Domestic Violence

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.


It's time our workplaces step up to help deal with family violence - January 18 2017

The damaging and pervasive effects of family violence extends well beyond the home. Many victims and perpetrators will invariably bring their trauma with them to work and are more likely to be disengaged, less productive and to suffer workplace accidents. 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.


Holly Carrington: the importance of having a family violence policy in the workplace - January 17 2017

Holly Carrington discusses the importance of having a safe work environment, and its role in escaping domestic violence. 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.


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.


Newly drawn Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill welcomed - December 1 2016

The Human Rights Commission has today welcomed news that a Members Bill seeking to improve legal protections for victims of domestic violence has been drawn from the ballot today. Read more.


Businesses and workplaces encouraged to adopt policies that address family violence - November 25 2016

This White Ribbon day, the Human Rights Commission is encouraging businesses and workplaces to address one of New Zealand’s biggest human right issues by adopting a family violence policy. 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.


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.


Dr Jackie Blue: Inner City Women's Group app a game changer - May 4 2016

Address to INNER CITY WOMEN on the launch of the ‘1 in 3 Be Free’ app. 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.


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.


Me aro ki te hā o Hine-ahu-one – Pay heed to the mana of women - November 25 2015

Me aro ki te hā o Hine-ahu-one – Pay heed to the mana of women.

It is timely to remember this whakataukī on this, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 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.


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.


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.


 

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Business Rights

Business Rights

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.


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.


Businesses and workplaces encouraged to adopt policies that address family violence - November 25 2016

This White Ribbon day, the Human Rights Commission is encouraging businesses and workplaces to address one of New Zealand’s biggest human right issues by adopting a family violence policy. 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.


RIAA Report a timely reminder of the value of investing in human rights - 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.


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 Pasifika - 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 - 8 June 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.


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.


Commissioner commends RACS on 'Let’s Operate with Respect' campaign - May 4 2016

EEO Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue has commended The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for their continued focus on dealing with discrimination, bullying and harassment in surgical practices in Australasia. Read more.


Why what FIFA does is about more than just Football - April 27 2016

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.


Good Employer Review of Crown Entities Update Is Now Live - March 16 2016

The results of the Commission’s 2015 Good Employer Annual Report Review of Crown Entities are now available. 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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tracking Equality at Work research released - June 28 2015

It is a human right to be treated fairly at every point of the employment process whether it is getting a job, fair pay, or promotion pathways. Like schools, homes and the community, workplaces are environments in which human rights must live. Read more.


Public Sector Equal Employment Opportunity review - January 16 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.


Tribunal decision significant for SMEs - October 15 2014

The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. 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.


Gender Equality

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.


Commission applauds historic pay equity settlement - April 18 2017

The Human Rights Commission has said today’s pay equity settlement is historic and will change the lives of thousands of mainly female, low-paid workers and their families. 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.


Urgent and deliberate action needed to combat biases that contribute to the gender pay gap - March 7 2017

The Human Rights Commission says the need for urgent and deliberate action to combat biases in the workplace is now crystal clear. 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.


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.


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.


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.


Commissioner welcomes Gender Stocktake figures - May 17, 2016

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.


Jackie Blue: Clark and Trudeau great role models in pushing equality - April 11 2016

I have been reflecting on the leadership of women in New Zealand in light of recent events; our own Helen Clark in the running for the world's top political position and Canada appointing a gender-balanced Cabinet. Both monumental world firsts, both events to be celebrated. Read more.


Dr Jackie Blue attends CSW60 - March 22 2016

EEO Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue, travelled to New York this month to attend the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) at the United Nations Headquarters. 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.


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.


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.


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. 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.


Human Rights Commission welcomes pay equity milestone - October 21 2015

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.


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.


Human Rights Commission congratulates White Camellia Award Winners - September 18 2015

The Human Rights Commission has congratulated New Zealand companies who have been recognised in this year’s White Camellia Awards. 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 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.


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.


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.


 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.


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.


Growing Gender Pay Gap a Concern - November 14 2014

While Kiwi women are among the world’s most educated, the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap Index shows that there is a growing gap between economic opportunities for men and women in New Zealand. Read more.


Emma Watson Gives A Powerful Speech at U.N. About Gender Inequality - September 22 2014

Actress and newly-appointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered a powerful speech at the United Nations headquarters to help launch the HeForShe gender equality campaign. 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.


Aged Care

Study reveals Kiwis need to celebrate contribution of seniors - August 16 2016

A new study showed that while New Zealanders have high levels of respect for seniors, there is room for improvement. 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.


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.


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. 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.

Disability Rights

Disability Rights

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.


E Kore Ano: Never Again - February 13 2017

Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen discusses the need for the inquiry into the abuse in state care. Read more


Commission asks Kiwis to demand independent inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders in state care - February 13 2017

The Commission has asked Kiwis to join their call for an inquiry into the abuse of people while they were under the care of the Government. 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.


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.


New Zealand children must be safe at school: without exception - November 29 2016

The Human Rights Commission says Government must ensure New Zealand children’s rights, safety and wellbeing are protected when they are at school: without exception. 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.


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 26 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.


Commission welcomes report, invites Ministry response - September 5 2016

The Human Rights Commission has commended YouthLaw on their comprehensive report on the education of students with disabilities, which was released today. Read more.


HRC invites Ministry of Education to work to better engage disabled New Zealanders in policy design - August 25 2016

The Human Rights Commission has invited the Ministry of Education to work with them to better engage disabled New Zealanders and their families in the design of policies that impact their learning and quality of life. Read more.


Margaret Spencer’s battle is on behalf of all family carers - 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. The Ministry of Health has repeatedly refused her applications for a disability support allowance because she is Paul’s mum: if she wasn’t related she would have qualified. Read more.


Spencer v Attorney General: decision on disabled New Zealanders and their caregivers welcomed - July 21 2016

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.


Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities welcomed -July 1 2016

The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was tabled in the New Zealand Parliament today. 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.


When a kerb is more than a kerb - June 2 2016

Dragging yourself to work on a chilly Wellington morning is hard enough as it is without having to contend with a kerb that stops you from crossing the road. Simply getting to where you need to be isn’t easy when you have a disability. Seven Sharp’s Kristin Hall recently spent some time with Human Rights specialist Erin Gough navigating her way around the streets of Wellington. 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.


Facebook Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Help Blind People 'See' Images - April 8 2016

Every day, people share more than 2 billion photos across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Read more.


Housing project includes houses catering for disabled - March 3 2016

Two government-funded, special housing development projects in Auckland are changing lives because these houses are modified for people 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. As a result, babies born with microcephaly may develop physical, sensory, or learning impairments. The media has been full of stories with a tone of a fear, if not hysteria. Read more.


Housing project includes houses catering for disabled - March 3 2016

Two government-funded, special housing development projects in Auckland are changing lives because these houses are modified for people with disabilities. Read more.


A Whole Town Learned Sign Language To Surprise A Hearing Impaired Resident - February 22 2016

It took a month of preparation, sign language training for dozens of people, countless hidden cameras and one awesome vision to help hearing impaired Muharrem feel more connected to his community. Read more.


Auckland teen Muskan Devta takes out grand prize at Attitude Awards - December 21 2015

Auckland teenager Muskan Devta has won the Attitude Supreme Award for 2015. The awards were held on the 4th of December to coincide with the UN sanctioned "International Day of People with Disability", recognise Kiwis with disabilities excelling in areas of sport, art and community work. 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.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015: A Wrap-up - December 10 2015

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been observed since 1992 to “promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.” Every year, IDPD has a theme set by the UN. This year’s was “Inclusion Matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.” Read more.


The International Day of Persons with Disabilities – so – what’s all the fuss about? - December 7 2015

In 1992 the United Nations confirmed 3 December as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), later also known as International Day of People with Disabilities. Read more.


Inclusion matters – on the playing field too! - December 4 2015

Participating in sport or recreational activities is well documented for creating a healthy and fulfilling life. But for physically disabled people, regular activity also brings social and personal benefits many non-disabled people take for granted. 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.


Statement: disability centre mass shooting in California - December 3 2015

‎BREAKING‬: Mass shooting at a Disability centre in the US. Read more.


Reasonable Accommodation Guide focussing on persons with disabilities released - November 26 2016

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.


Meet Julia, Sesame Street's first autistic character - October 27 2015

Sesame Street is introducing its first character with autism. Read more.


Erin Gough: My accessible journey - September 23 2015

Today is my fifth day living in Wellington. Before now, I’ve only visited two or three times for a couple of days at a time. 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.


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.


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.


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.


An interview with Disability Issues Minister, Nicky Wagner - June 24 2015

As you know, many disabled people struggle to get employed but do want have good jobs like other people. Can you tell us your thoughts and ideas on how to break through the barriers employers seem to have when employing disabled people? Read more.


Harry Potter and the demise of orphanages - June 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.


Citizens Advocacy Service - May 25 2015

Evidently, people who have experienced living in a full time care situation, such as a mental health unit or a home for intellectually disabled, but are now living in flats or houses in the community, often need help to keep themselves afloat. Read more.


NZ Sign Language Week 2015 - May 5 2015

Monday was the start of New Zealand Sign Language Week and Disability Commissioner Paul Gibson encourages Kiwis everywhere to celebrate, communicate and connect with Aotearoa's Deaf Community during the week. 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. However, as revealed in a Radio New Zealand interview today, reports of a Papakura school’s resistance to enrolling a child because of their disability, clearly shows that the government has a way to go to achieve this, says Disability Commissioner Paul Gibson. Read more.


Education programme about Disability Convention being developed - January 16 2015

The Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) is currently developing an education programme about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) for staff of disability support services. 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.

Indigenous Rights

Indigenous Rights

Forums prove to be a strong UNDRIP conversation starter - December 9 2016

Over the past few months the Commission held the first two of several Forums on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) to develop all New Zealanders’ understanding and application of it. Read more.


Wairarapa kids break largest haka record - December 6 2016

This weekend the commission launched a video about the children of Wairarapa who broke the world record for a mass haka in Masterton on the 2nd of November at Memorial Park. Read more.


Applications open for funding to attend Indigenous Rights meetings - November 21 2016

Applications are currently open for funding to attend two United Nations meetings on the rights of indigenous people. Read more.


181st anniversary of New Zealand's declaration of independence - October 28 2016

Today Zealand celebrates the 181st anniversary of the signing of He Whakaputanga o te Rangatira o Nu Tireni - New Zealand's Declaration of Independence by the Confederation of Chiefs in Waitangi. Read more


Indigenous Rights Information Series starting in September - August 30 2016

On 13 September 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), after almost 20 years of negotiation. So, what does the Declaration mean for New Zealand? Read more.


Tracking quality data affirms need for support for young Maori and Pasifika - 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.


The power of the media and everyday New Zealanders - June 2 2016

Most of us already realise our mainstream media has a powerful influence on people. What some of us do not already realise is that our media is neither neutral nor objective. Read more.


Samoan a language of the future - May 30 2016

The Human Rights Commission has encouraged New Zealanders to celebrate Samoan Language Week 2016 – the first of seven Pacific language weeks to be observed this year. Read more.


Human Rights Commission dealing with Whaleoil cartoon - May 13 2016

The Human Rights Commission has confirmed it is dealing with a cartoon by BoomSlang published on the Whaleoil website through processes defined by the Human Rights Act. Read more.


Calls for voices in support of greater Maori representation growing - May 10 2016

Indigenous Rights Commissioner, Karen Johansen, has said that now is the time for meaningful conversations to take place around Maori participation and representation in Local Government. Read more.


New Plymouth Mayor on the right side of history - May 10 2016

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd is an everyday hero and is disappointed but not surprised at the negative response he has faced from some New Zealanders. Read more.


Susan Devoy: Race relations a talk worth having - March 21 2016

Soon after I was appointed Race Relations Commissioner the phone rang and it was Dr Ranginui Walker. He invited me to lunch at his home with him and his wife Deidre. We talked about many things and before I left he asked me to come and have a look at their bedroom. Read more.


Human Rights Commission pays tribute to Dr Ranginui Walker - February 29 2016

The Human Rights Commission has paid tribute to the late Dr Ranginui Walker. Read more.


A petition to remember the NZ Land Wars - September 10 2015

The birth of the idea to petition parliament to commemorate the NZ Land Wars with a day of remembrance happened when 186 Ōtorohanga College students, teachers and kaumatua went to Ōrākau and Rangiaowhia in March 2014. Read more.


New Zealand Land Wars petition update - December 21 2015

Homai Te Rā!

Since I last wrote in this newsletter about how the petition to commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars of the 19th century began, the journey of the Ōtorohanga College students involved, and the petition’s tens of thousands of supporters, has been phenomenal! Read more.


Maori Women's Welfare League's enduring legacy - October 7 2015

The Human Rights Commission has congratulated the Maori Women’s Welfare League as they open their 2015 national conference in Whangarei. Read more.


Māori Language Awards 2015 - September 15 2015 

Ngā Tohu Reo Māori is an annual Māori language awards event held to celebrate excellence and long term commitment to te reo Māori from across Aotearoa New Zealand. Read more.


Commonly Mispronounced Te Reo Māori Place Names - August 24 2015

It may surprise a few of you to know that a large number of places in New Zealand are Māori words. This years Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) has made it abundantly clear that far too many of us are still mispronouncing these names. Read more.


Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johnson's address at the Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference - August 7 2015

This paper discusses structural discrimination by first explaining what structural discrimination is; discussing research the Human Rights Commission has done into this topic; and finally, speaking about actions needed to address it and some examples of what’s working. Read more.


Remembering Erima Henare - June 14 2015

“The starry hosts of heaven abide there forever. The hosts of men upon this earth pass away into oblivion. A song of lament, an expression of heartfelt mourning for you Pāpa Erima. An authority of Māori language, a repository of history and traditions, rest in eternal peace. Go, depart, farewell,” says Human Rights Commissioner for Maori and indigenous rights, Karen Johansen. Read more.


Following the Ancestors - May 12 2015

More than a century ago when the SS Ventnor sunk the remains of hundreds of Chinese miners – en route to south China - washed ashore on a remote beach in the Hokianga. Local iwi buried the remains in their ancestral urupa at Mitimiti. Read more.


Commission mourns the passing of Erima Henare - May 7 2015

“A tireless leader whose many life achievements include safeguarding New Zealand’s only indigenous language, we mourn the sad and sudden loss of a great son of Ngati Hine,” says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. Read more.


Dr Apirana Mahuika (1939 – 2015) - March 26 2015

“Dr Apirana Mahuika was a man of great conviction and like his maunga, Hikurangi, immovable in his beliefs. His staunch and unrelenting Naati-centric worldview earned him many admirers, and just as many critics.” - Ngati Porou.com. Read more.


Māori children denied basic human rights - June 25 2012

Many Māori children are being denied their basic human rights because of poverty and inadequate public services, says the Human Rights Commission. Read more.


Treaty of Waitangi

Survey’s questions about Maori New Zealanders biased - March 11 2016

The Human Rights Commission says Kiwis should think before they link to an online survey launched by the state broadcaster that poses leading and biased questions about Maori New Zealanders. Read more.


Treaty x Thirty - March 3 2016

Stefan Grand-Meyer and Olga Suvorova hope that their project to translate the Treaty of Waitangi into 30 different languages will help New Zealanders from different cultural backgrounds access the Treaty and also encourage a better appreciation of it internationally. Read more.


Kia tika kia pono kia pūmau - Perfecting the partnership - February 6 2016

The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s leading Human Rights document.

When it was signed 176 years ago there was a lot of passion, debate and deliberation.

176 years later – there is still a lot of passion, debate and deliberation when it comes to the Treaty of Waitangi. Read more.


180th anniversary of New Zealand's declaration of independence - October 28 2015

Today Zealand celebrates the 180th anniversary of the signing of He Whakaputanga o te Rangatira o Nu Tireni - New Zealand's Declaration of Independence.by the Confederation of Chiefs in Waitangi. Read more.


HRC congratulates Multicultural New Zealand on milestone report - August 14 2015

The Human Rights Commission has congratulated Multicultural New Zealand on the launch of their milestone report “Our Multicultural Future”. Read more.


Kia tika kia pono kia pūmau - Perfecting the partnership - February 6 2015  

The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s leading Human Rights document. Read more.


Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley's Waitangi Day speech - February 6 2015

To everyone here, to all you community leaders including you, Reverend Tevita, and Your Worship, Mayor Angus McKay, and those you have called together, good morning. Read more.


Waitangi Day Speech - Dame Susan Devoy - February 6 2015

Waitangi Day, Hopukiore/Mt Drury, Tauranga

Ko Tauranga te moana,

Ko Mauao te maunga,

Tena koutou katoa.

I am honoured to be with you today. I am proud to stand with the people of Tauranga. But most of all, I am grateful. Read more.


The Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand - October 28 2014

This Tuesday, 28 October New Zealand celebrates 179 years since the signing of the Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand. The declaration was signed in 1835 by 35 Rangatira (maori leaders) and four British Residents. Read more.


United Nations

He Whakamaharatanga te Rā mō ngā Iwi Taketake he mahi anō e whai mana ai te UNDRIP - August 30 2016

I whakanuia te Rā mō ngā Iwi Taketake o te Ao i te 9 o Ākuhata. He whakamaharatanga tēnei tērā anō ngā mahi hei mahi e whakapikitia ai te whai wāhi me te whai reo o Ngāi Māori ki Aotearoa whānui. Read more.


Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples reminder of action needed on UNDRIP - August 9 2016

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is a timely reminder that more needs to be done to ensure the participation and representation of Maori. Read more.


Turning the Tide - December 2 2015

The Human Rights Commission has congratulated the leadership of New Zealand Police in acknowledging and working to address unconscious bias. Read more.


Indigenous Rights under the spotlight at the United Nations - July 27 2015

This July Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen and the Commission’s Kaiwhakarite Matua, Perēri Hathaway, presented to the Eighth Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) at the United Nations in Geneva. Read more.

 

Race relations

Race relations

Focus on what journalists write not their ethnicity - April 27 2017

Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy says NZ First leader Winston Peters needs to focus on what is relevant. Read more.


That’s Us - Race Relations Day, celebrating Wellingtons’ diversity - March 27 2017

21 March was International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Hundreds of events take place throughout New Zealand showcasing the diverse cultures that make up our country, through dance, music and food. Read more. 


New Zealand's first Anti Racism campaign reaches more than 2 million people - March 21 2017

The Human Rights Commission’s That’s Us anti-racism campaign has reached almost 2 million people (1.9 million) and engaged with more than 600,000 people since its launch on the 1st September 2016. Read more.


Stand up for each other - Support, Record, Report - March 21 2017

This year for Race Relations Day the Human Rights Commission has urged New Zealanders to stand up for one another and to stand up for what we believe in. Read more.


Human Rights Commission urges Kiwis to stand up for each other - March 20 2017

The Human Rights Commission has paid tribute to a Kiwi businesswoman who has gone public on the eve of Race Relations Day 2017 after online trolls said “Asians” like her shouldn’t be used in advertisements about New Zealanders and their businesses. Read more


Race Relations Commissioner pays tribute to the Kiwis behind a series of events to celebrate Race Relations Day - March 16 2017

The Race Relations Commissioner has paid tribute to New Zealanders who are behind a series of events in provincial and urban communities to celebrate Race Relations Day throughout the month of March. Read more.


Race Relations Commissioner concerned at recent attacks - March 10 2017

The Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is concerned at attacks suffered by Indian New Zealanders in recent weeks. Read more.


Race Relations Commissioner: Stand up to hatred - Not in our New Zealand - January 31 2017

The Human Rights Commission has called on New Zealanders to stand alongside Muslim New Zealanders in the wake of the United States ban on immigration from some Middle Eastern nations. Read more


2017 UN Holocaust Remembrance Day: Speech by Dame Susan Devoy - January 27 2017

Susan Devoy's speech from the 2017 UN Holocaust Remembrance Day at Makara Cemetery. Read more


Race Relations Commissioner thanks young woman for speaking out - January 9 2017

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says New Zealanders should be grateful to the young woman who spoke up about her encounter with Sir Peter Leitch this week. Read more.


Diversity forum sees launch of That’s Us campaign - December 9 2016

Since being launched at the Diversity Forum, the Human Rights Commission’s That’s Us campaign has engaged with more than one million people through sharing everyday people’s real life stories of racial prejudice. Read more.


Wairarapa kids break largest haka record - December 6 2016

This weekend the commission launched a video about the children of Wairarapa who broke the world record for a mass haka in Masterton on the 2nd of November at Memorial Park. Read more.


Intolerant religious speeches are not welcome here - Dame Susan Devoy - November 21 2016

The Human Rights Commission says Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib speeches condemning Jewish people are appalling and have no place in New Zealand. Read more.


Invitation to consult with the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - November 2 2016

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination invites the public to attend a Consultation with the Committee titled Joining hands to end racial discrimination during its 91st session on 23 November. Read more.


Human Rights Commission pays tribute to New Zealanders sharing their personal stories of Racism - October 18 2016

The country's first national campaign opposing racism and prejudice - #ThatsUs - has reached over half a million people in just one month. Read more.


The Human Rights Commission responds to Julia Sloane's allegations against Race Relations Commissioner - September 28 2016

The Human Rights Commission vehemently denies the allegations that Race Relations Commissioner has "defamed" Auckland woman Julia Sloane. Read more.


New Zealand’s 12th Diversity Forum focused on the future - August 30 2016

A former child soldier and refugee, who is now an internationally renowned human rights lawyer, headlines this year’s 12th Diversity Forum at Te Papa in Wellington. Read more.


Commission’s Strategic Communications Specialist receives Harmony Award - August 30 2016

Commission staff often work quite closely with a range of ethnic communities. This month, Strategic Communications Specialist Christine Ammunson received an award from one of those communities for her efforts. Read more.


Commission welcomes Canterbury Rugby's position on racial intolerance - August 22 2016

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed Canterbury’s Rugby’s call for people to continue to report incidents of racial abuse. Read more.


New Zealand’s 12th Diversity Forum focused on the future - August 3 2016

A former child soldier and refugee who is now an internationally renowned human rights lawyer will headline this year’s 12th Diversity Forum hosted by the Human Rights Commission at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Read more.


Racism not just a rugby problem - July 18 2016

The Human Rights Commission says racism isn’t just a rugby problem: it’s a New Zealand problem. Read more.


Commission welcomes Canterbury Rugby's decision on racial abuse - July 7 - 2016

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Canterbury Rugby Football Union’s move to penalise a player who racially abused an opposing player during a game last month. Read more.


Dame Grace Hollander: An extraordinary New Zealander - July 1 - 2016

The Human Rights Commission has paid tribute to Dame Grace Hollander who passed away this week aged 94. Read more.


Neo Nazi uniform has no place in a march against child abuse – Susan Devoy - June 23 2016

This month when I opened a copy of the Wairarapa Times Age, a New Zealander wearing a Neo Nazi uniform stared back at me. Read more.


The power of the media and everyday New Zealanders - June 2 2016 

Most of us already realise our mainstream media has a powerful influence on people. What some of us do not already realise is that our media is neither neutral nor objective. Read more.


HRC welcomes NZ sporting codes commitment to diversity and inclusion - May 31 2016

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed today’s commitment to diversity and inclusion from the country’s major sporting organisations, led by New Zealand rugby. Read more.


Event: Ethnic Communities Engagement Summit - May 31 2016

Wellington's Victoria University played host to the second of three National Ethnic Communities Engagement Summits following the first held in Auckland. The summits aim to create stronger links between the different ethnic communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and with the wider community sector. Read more.


Susan Devoy's Africa Day 2016 Speech - May 31 2016

Kia ora and Greetings

On behalf of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, it is a great honour to support the celebration of Africa Day here in Auckland: the 53rd commemoration of the founding of the African Union. Read more.


Samoan a language of the future - May 30 2016

The Human Rights Commission has encouraged New Zealanders to celebrate Samoan Language Week 2016 – the first of seven Pacific language weeks to be observed this year. Read more.


Calls for voices in support of greater Maori representation growing - May 10 2016

Indigenous Rights Commissioner, Karen Johansen, has said that now is the time for meaningful conversations to take place around Maori participation and representation in Local Government. Read more.


New Plymouth Mayor on the right side of history - May 10 2016

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd is an everyday hero and is disappointed but not surprised at the negative response he has faced from some New Zealanders. Read more.


Human Rights Commission dealing with Whaleoil cartoon - May 13 2016

The Human Rights Commission has confirmed it is dealing with a cartoon by BoomSlang published on the Whaleoil website through processes defined by the Human Rights Act. Read more.


Dame Susan Devoy: We have a choice on how our media reflects society - May 4 2016

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy gave this opening address at the Ethnic Communities Engagement Summit at Auckland University of Technology at the weekend:... Read more.


Anzac Day – a time to take a stand against hatred: Susan Devoy - April 22 2016

The Human Rights Commission says Anzac Day is a time for New Zealanders to remember those things our grandparents stood for and stand up against intolerance and prejudice. Read more.


God Defend New Zealand is about standing up for each other – Race Unity Speech Winner - April 11 2016

A speech that urges New Zealanders to embody our national anthem and stand up for others when they are racially abused has won this year’s New Zealand Race Unity Speech Competition. Read more.


Looking Out For International Students: Don't Be A Bystander - March 31 2016

The Human Rights Commission has urged New Zealanders to look out for one another and to dob in violent criminals. Read more.


Susan Devoy: Race relations a talk worth having - March 21 2016

Soon after I was appointed Race Relations Commissioner the phone rang and it was Dr Ranginui Walker. Read more.


My name is Lemlem Meketaw Azanaw - March 3 2016

I was born in Sudan but am Ethiopian. My parents migrated to Sudan in the 1980s. I am from a family of six – four sisters and one brother. (I also have two brothers and one sister from my father’s side.) I am 26 years old and came to New Zealand as a refugee when I was 12 years old with my mother, one older brother and two younger sisters. Read more.


Susan Devoy: your celebrations - your choice - December 2 2015

The ironic thing about people who send me letters about how useless I am and that our race relations are OK, is that most of them are from Pakeha men: as Duncan Garner proved in his latest opinion piece. Read more.


Turning the Tide - December 2 2015

The Human Rights Commission has congratulated the leadership of New Zealand Police in acknowledging and working to address unconscious bias. Read more.


Make Peace A Verb - Human Rights Commission praises Auckland medical student - November 24 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised the way an Auckland medical student responded after a stranger rang Police because she thought his headphones were a bomb. Read more.


New campaign urges Christchurch people to welcome migrants with a smile - November 9 2015

Kiwis are being encouraged to help newcomers settle in Christchurch by welcoming them with a smile and a chat. Read more.


All Kiwis have a right to an opinion including Korean ones - November 6 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says all New Zealanders have the right to an opinion no matter where they were born. Read more.


Kiwis urged to give each other a fair go - November 2 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says no one would welcome negative discrimination if it happened to them. Instances of advertisements placed on New Zealand sites advising Asian or non-European flatmates or tenants to not apply have been discussed in the media recently. Read more.


Gill Hicks: Mad For Peace - October 7 2015 

Ever since humans could understand each other’s grunts and draw geometric stick figures, we have been telling stories. Stories are and have always been apart of every culture around the world - from Ancient Greek Myths to Hollywood blockbusters, to both of them combined. Read more.


Public Meeting: NZ’s report under the ICERD - September 14 2015

The Ministry of Justice together with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission invites you to attend a public meeting to discuss New Zealand’s draft report to the United Nations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Read more.


HRC congratulates Multicultural New Zealand on milestone report - August 14 2015

The Human Rights Commission has congratulated Multicultural New Zealand on the launch of their milestone report “Our Multicultural Future”. Read more.


Empathy in the face of diversity: The 2015 Diversity Forum - August 6 2015

The 11th annual New Zealand Diversity Forum, organised by the Human Rights Commission, will be held at AUT’s Auckland campus on 9 September 2015. The theme for the 2015 forum is 'Empathy in the face of Diversity'. Read more.


Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy speech at the Auckland City Community Development & Safety Committee Forum - August 6 2015

Back in the nineties our Prime Minister Jim Bolger was scoffed at for calling New Zealand an Asian Pacific nation. But 22 years later – we most definitely look like that Asian Pacific nation. Read more.


Half baked data won't help solve housing woes - July 13 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says blaming ethnic groups for complex economic problems is neither new nor unique to New Zealand. Read more.


We must get some guts, we must increase our refugee quota - June 3 2015 The Human Rights Commission has repeated calls to increase New Zealand’s refugee quota. Read more.


If you use racism to try to win on the sports field you've already lost - May 28 2015

The Human Rights Commission is urging everyday New Zealanders to stand up to racist sports fans and players. Read more.


Race relations is a DIY Job: Do it yourself Mate! - May 18 2015

A Tauranga teen who appealed to our Kiwi DIY, Number 8 wire mentality has won this year’s national Race Unity Speech Competition. Read more.


People who speak out against hatred are everyday heroes - May 14 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has welcomed the apology of Wellington man Moses Tupaea who racially abused fellow passengers on a bus in the Hutt Valley last month. Read more.


Following the Ancestors - May 12 2015

More than a century ago when the SS Ventnor sunk the remains of hundreds of Chinese miners – en route to south China - washed ashore on a remote beach in the Hokianga. Local iwi buried the remains in their ancestral urupa at Mitimiti. Read more.


Nationhood to Neighbourhood Garden Party Photo Gallery - April 1 2015

On the 21st of March the Governor-General of New Zealand, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, hosted the Nationhood to Neighbourhood Garden Party in support of Race Relations Day. Read more.


Governor General to host Race Relations Day celebrations at Government House - March 20 2015

Events to celebrate Race Relations Day are already taking place across the country and this Saturday Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae will be hosting a Nationhood to Neighbourhood Garden Party. Young Kiwis from refugee and migrant communities will be taking part, performing and speaking at Government House in Auckland. Read more.


Race unity crucial for young NZers - March 17 2015

The Human Rights Commission is urging young people from all cultures to take part in or attend the upcoming Race Unity Speech Competitions taking place across the country at the end of March. Read more.


Celebrating Diversity in our kitchens and our communities - March 13 2015

The Human Rights Commission is encouraging New Zealanders to share their culture and food to celebrate race relations day this year. Read more.


Waitangi Day Speech - Dame Susan Devoy - February 6 2015

Ko Tauranga te moana,

Ko Mauao te maunga,

Tena koutou katoa.

I am honoured to be with you today. I am proud to stand with the people of Tauranga. But most of all, I am grateful. Read more.


The Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning - January 16 2015

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission and Federation of Islamic Associations made a joint statement today. Read more.


Commission condemns hateful prayers - December 8 2014

The Human Rights Commission has condemned an Auckland man who recently said he would be praying for a gay rights activist to commit suicide. Read more.


The Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand - October 28 2014

This Tuesday, 28 October New Zealand celebrates 179 years since the signing of the Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand. The declaration was signed in 1835 by 35 Rangatira (maori leaders) and four British Residents. Read more.


Race Relations Commissioners and Conciliators mark significant anniversary - March 30 2012

A special lunch is being held at the International Cultural Festival in Auckland on Sunday to mark the advent of New Zealand’s first human rights legislation. Read more.


 Refugees

National Refugee Resettlement Forum 2016 - May 27 2016

This week the 2016 National Refugee Resettlement Forum was held at Te Papa in Wellington. This years theme was 'Refugee Youth: the dual challenge-transitioning to adulthood while settling in New Zealand'. Read more.


HRC urges New Zealand Government to do the right thing for asylum seekers - February 16 2016

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission has welcomed the potential news that asylum seeker children – born in Australia and destined for detention centres in Nauru – may be offered sanctuary in New Zealand. Read more


Nationwide tour for #DoubleTheQuota announced - February 3 2016

Starting February 22nd, Murdoch Stephens from Doing Our Bit will be traveling around New Zealand to speak about how everyone can help to double the refugee quota. Read more.


Commission calls for an increase in Kiribati residency quota - September 25 2015

The Human Rights Commission has called on the Government to increase the quota of Kiribati people granted residence in New Zealand every year. Read more.


Kiwis urged to show Everyday Empathy for Everyday People - September 3 2015

The Human Rights Commission is urging New Zealanders to open our hearts and minds to the plight of millions of people fleeing for their lives as the global refugee crisis worsens. Read more.


We must get some guts, we must increase our refugee quota - June 3 2015

The Human Rights Commission has repeated calls to increase New Zealand’s refugee quota. Read more.


"Courageous Conversations” - June 3 2015

Nga mihinui nga mihi mahana kia koutou katoa. Acknowledgments and warm greetings to you all. I would especially like to welcome UNHCR representative Thomas Albrecht back to our part of the world. Read more.


Cannes and Documentary Edge film festivals: giving faces to the faceless - May 26 2015

Powerful films and unforgettable documentaries can highlight human rights in ways speeches and documents never will says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. Read more.


Increasing the refugee quota is humanity in action - May 20 2015

“New Zealand hasn’t raised our refugee quota since David Lange was Prime Minister, Mr Peters was his party’s Race Relations spokesperson and I was the World Squash champion: times have changed a lot since 1987, it’s time to raise the quota,” said Dame Susan. Read more.


Religion

NZ Muslims and Human Rights Commission urge Kiwis to stand together - June 14 2016

New Zealand’s Muslim leadership and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission have condemned the violent shooting tragedy in Orlando, Florida. Read more.


A Message to New Zealanders: Christmas is still on - November 25 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy confirmed today she had no plans to ban Christmas or any other sacred or religious day. Read more.


Muslim New Zealanders stand alongside victims of terrorism in peace, solidarity and humanity - November 14 2015

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand issued a joint statement tonight with the NZ Human Rights Commission in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon. Read more.


New Zealanders urged to share the peace and welcome refugees - June 19 2015

The Human Rights Commission says New Zealand can help its own citizens and also provide refuge to people escaping violence and war. Read more.


Race hate incident apology welcomed - March 31 2015

An ugly incident of racial abuse on a Wellington bus last week has led to an apology from the perpetrator and expressions of forgiveness from some Kiwi Muslim leaders. Read more.


Muslims at Work’ Summit - March 26 2015

Equal Employment Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue will address the Muslims at Work in New Zealand summit at AUT University on 1 April, describing how organisations seek to incorporate religion in their workplace. Read more.


Race Relations Commissioner keen to help resolve concerns held by Sikh New Zealanders‏ - March 16 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is keen to help resolve concerns held by Sikh Kiwis who were told to leave their kirpans with security staff at recent cricket games. Read more.


Dame Susan Devoy celebrates International Women's Day with young Muslim leaders - March 12 2015

In celebration of International Women's Day, Race Relations Commissioner​ Dame Susan Devoy attended the "Honouring our mothers" event held by a young Muslim women's leadership group in Auckland. Read more.


Hate starts small but so does hope - dob in desecrators of Jewish graves - February 15 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has described an attack on Jewish graves in Dunedin as “gutless, shameful and ignorant” and urged anyone with information on the offenders to contact Police. Read more.


Australians show solidarity with Muslims online - December 16 2014

In the wake of the tragedy that unfolded in Sydney, a single tweet and one small act of kindness towards a Muslim woman, inspired an online movement which saw thousands of people take a take a stand against anti-Muslim sentiment. Read more.


Commission condemns hateful prayers - December 8 2014

The Human Rights Commission has condemned an Auckland man who recently said he would be praying for a gay rights activist to commit suicide. Read more.


Tribunal decision significant for SMEs - October 15 2014

The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. Read more.


Race Relations Day

God Defend New Zealand is about standing up for each other – Race Unity Speech Winner - April 11 2016

A speech that urges New Zealanders to embody our national anthem and stand up for others when they are racially abused has won this year’s New Zealand Race Unity Speech Competition. Read more.


Community News: Auckland Celebrates Race Relations Day - March 22 2016

There were a number of events happening around the country over the weekend to celebrate International Race Relations Day (better known as 'Race Relations Day). This year's theme is 'Welcoming Diversity', and the Human Rights Commission is urging New Zealanders to make an effort to get to know people of different ethnicities living their community. Read more.


Race Relations Day: it's always a good time to talk race relations - March 21 2016

The Human Rights Commission says more New Zealanders should be having conversations about diversity and race relations. Read more.


Nationhood to Neighbourhood Garden Party Photo Gallery - April 1 2015

On the 21st of March the Governor-General of New Zealand, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, hosted the Nationhood to Neighbourhood Garden Party in support of Race Relations Day. Read more.


Governor General to host Race Relations Day celebrations at Government House - March 20 2015

Events to celebrate Race Relations Day are already taking place across the country and this Saturday Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae will be hosting a Nationhood to Neighbourhood Garden Party. Young Kiwis from refugee and migrant communities will be taking part, performing and speaking at Government House in Auckland. Read more.


Race unity crucial for young NZers - March 17 2015

The Human Rights Commission is urging young people from all cultures to take part in or attend the upcoming Race Unity Speech Competitions taking place across the country at the end of March. Read more.


Celebrating Diversity in our kitchens and our communities - March 13 2015

The Human Rights Commission is encouraging New Zealanders to share their culture and food to celebrate race relations day this year. Read more.


Race Relations Day 2015: Big Change Starts Small - March 13 2015

The Human Rights Commission has released a series of resources to celebrate Race Relations Day 2015. Read more.


Race Relations Day theme announced: Big Change Starts Small - February 19 2015

This year's Race Relations Day theme "Big Change Starts Small" was created by a Vietnamese Kiwi who had lived in Auckland for less than a year when he won last year's Race Unity Speech Competition. Read more.

 

Women's Rights

Women's Rights

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.


Commission applauds historic pay equity settlement - April 18 2017

The Human Rights Commission has said today’s pay equity settlement is historic and will change the lives of thousands of mainly female, low-paid workers and their families. 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


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


Historic step forward for gender equality with implementation of Pay Equity Recommendations - November 24 2016

The Human Rights Commission has today welcomed the Government’s decision to implement the recommendations of the Joint Working Group for Pay Equity Principles. 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.


Emma Watson calls for equality during UN speech - September 26 2016

Emma Watson discusses the societal importance of teaching equality within universities, at the UN headquarters in New York. Read more


Speech: New Horizons for Women Trust Award Ceremony - July 23 2016

Iwant 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.


Commissioner welcomes Gender Stocktake figures - May 17 2016

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.


Dr Jackie Blue attends CSW60 - March 22 2016

EEO Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue, travelled to New York this month to attend the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) at the United Nations Headquarters. 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.


Request for public feedback on NZ's Draft Eighth CEDAW report - January 11 2016

The Government is seeking public feedback on its draft report on the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 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.


Me aro ki te hā o Hine-ahu-one – Pay heed to the mana of women - November 25 2015

Me aro ki te hā o Hine-ahu-one –

Pay heed to the mana of women. It is timely to remember this whakataukī on this, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 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.


Maori Women's Welfare League's enduring legacy - October 7 2015

The Human Rights Commission has congratulated the Maori Women’s Welfare League as they open their 2015 national conference in Whangarei. 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. Read more.


Human Rights Commission welcomes Government moves to respond better to family and sexual violence - July 19 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.


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.


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.


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.


Dame Susan Devoy celebrates International Women's Day with young Muslim leaders - March 12 2015

In celebration of International Women's Day, Race Relations Commissioner​ Dame Susan Devoy attended the "Honouring our mothers" event held by a young Muslim women's leadership group in Auckland. Read more.


Growing Gender Pay Gap a Concern - November 14 2014

While Kiwi women are among the world’s most educated, the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap Index shows that there is a growing gap between economic opportunities for men and women in New Zealand. Read more.


Emma Watson Gives A Powerful Speech at U.N. About Gender Inequality - September 22 2014

Actress and newly-appointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered a powerful speech at the United Nations headquarters to help launch the HeForShe gender equality campaign. Read more.


 Dr Jackie Blue: Caring Counts and Beyond - May 11 2014

SFWU Central Region Women’s Conference, Wednesday, 5th November 2014. Read more.