Appointment of two new Commissioners for the Human Rights Commission

Appointment of two new Commissioners for the Human Rights Commission

October 2, 2018

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the appointment of two new Commissioners, announced today by Justice Minister Andrew Little.

Professor Paul Hunt has been appointed the Chief Human Rights Commissioner. Professor Hunt will the join Commission in January 2019.

The new Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner will be Dr Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo.

Acting Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero, who agreed to take on the role on a temporary basis, remains as the Disability Rights Commissioner and will continue to act as Chief Commissioner until Professor Hunt takes up the position.

Ms Tesoriero says she is looking forward to working with the new Commissioners who will bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the work of the Commission.

“The new Commissioners are highly qualified and bring a wealth of experience to their work. Their appointments are an exciting opportunity to build on what’s been achieved by the Commission and to continue our work of helping create a fairer, more harmonious society,” Ms Tesoriero says.

With Dr Sumeo joining the Commission in late October, the current Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue’s term will end later this month.

Ms Tesoriero thanked Dr Blue for continuing in her role after her term ended in June until the new Commissioners were appointed.

“I am grateful for Jackie’s dedication and expertise and thank her for the contribution to strengthening human rights across all communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, especially for women, the rainbow community, and those facing discrimination in the workplace.”

The media statement from the Justice Minister is available here.