August Tūrangawaewae

August Tūrangawaewae

August 30, 2016

Tūrangawaewae is the Human Rights Commission's newsletter. 

In this issue we cover:

  • New Zealand's 12th Diversity Forum focused on the future: 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...
  • Refreshed A to Z Pre-Employment Guide released: 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...
  • Intelligence and Security Bill a good effort, but scrutiny needed: Earlier this month Prime Minister John Key introduced a bill to update the legislative framework and improve the transparency of New Zealand’s intelligence and security agencies. Read more...
  • Seclusion and Restraint review about to get underway: 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...
  • Indigenous Rights Information Series starting in September: 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 here...
  • Public reporting needed to address gender pay gap: 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 here...
  • Day of World's Indigenous Peoples a reminder of action needed on UNDRIP: International Day of the worlds Indigenous Peoples was observed on 9 August and was timely reminder that more needs to be done by New Zealand to ensure the participation and representation of Maori New Zealanders. Read here...
  • Commission's Strategic Communications Specialist receives Harmony Award: 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 here...
  • Business and Human Rights Forum: 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 here...
  • Commissioner Richard Tankerlsey - "I stopped playing Rugby because  I'm gay": 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 here...
  • Commission welcomes Simon Xu to the team: 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. We spoke to Simon about why he’s taking part in the programme and what he hopes to learn during his time here. Read here...
  • Auckland Human Rights Commission office move: With construction underway for the City Rail link and the demolition of the Downtown Shopping centre taking place next to Zurich House, the timing couldn’t have been better for the Commission to move to a new home earlier this month. Read more...

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