July Tūrangawaewae Newsletter

July Tūrangawaewae Newsletter

July 6, 2021

Have your say in the Justice ministry’s hate speech consultation 

The Human Rights Commission is encouraging New Zealanders to participate in the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on the laws governing hate speech. On 28 June the Ministry published Proposals against incitement of hatred and discrimination which proposes reforms to increase protection against incitement to hatred and hostility, and to provide clarity over what the law prohibits. The Ministry is seeking public feedback on the proposals until 6 August 2021. Read more.

Housing in New Zealand is a human rights crisis – UN Special Rapporteur 

Housing in New Zealand is a human rights crisis according to the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on adequate housing. A new report tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva states the main causes of the crisis included: housing speculation, a lack of affordable housing options, limited protection for tenants, substandard housing, the absence of an overarching Te Tiriti and human rights-based housing strategy, and a lack of adequate social housing or state subsidised housing. Read more.

Māori and disabled people experiencing human rights violations - new data 

New data has found Māori and disabled people are experiencing a wide range of human rights violations with poverty and inequity being the key drivers. The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) latest 2021 country report for Aotearoa New Zealand shows progress remains slow. Read more.

Young people less tolerant of discrimination and denigration in media 

Younger New Zealanders are less tolerant of discrimination and denigration on TV and radio according to a new survey by the Broadcasting Standards Authority’s (BSA).  Younger people are significantly more likely to agree with Authority’s decisions that uphold complaints of discrimination and denigration in broadcast content, and less likely to agree with decisions that do not. Read more.

New data shows high rates of violence experienced by disabled people 

New data giving a more accurate picture of the high rates of interpersonal violence and sexual assault being experienced by disabled people in New Zealand has saddened but not surprised Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero. The NZ Crime and Victims Survey Cycle 3 (October 2019-November 2020) published by the Ministry of Justice shows that disabled people are more likely to experience crime across all types of offences including interpersonal violence and sexual assault. Read more.

Auditor-General’s review of the JV on Family and Sexual Violence welcomed  

The Auditor General’s audit of the Joint Venture into Family Violence and Sexual Violence was welcomed by Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero. The Auditor General’s audit report Working in new ways to address family violence and sexual violence reviewed how effectively the joint venture has been working. Read more.

Commission supports affected whanau call for ‘They are Us’ film not to go-ahead 

The Human Rights Commission supports the March 15 affected whanau in their call for the ‘They Are Us’ film not to go ahead.  The March 15 Whānau trust, composed of 78 affected whānau of shuhada and bullet wounded victims, said in a statement: “We are still suffering and for the sake of the affected whanau…we would kindly request to have some patience when planning for such a movie or docudrama. This is not the time.” Read more.

Commission endorses Government apology for Dawn Raids  

The Human Rights Commission endorsed calls for the Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids in recognition of the discriminatory actions of the state in breaching the human rights of Pacific people. The Chief Commissioner, on behalf of all the Commissioners, wrote to the Prime Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples fully supporting that call. The Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Suanoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo spoke on Q & A about the Dawns Raids and the experience of migrants in Aotearoa. Read more.

Meng Foon: Police body cameras will expose any racism  

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon advocates for body cameras for New Zealand Police. “It has also been stated there are three risks in policing when it comes to bias of any kind, including racial profiling: who is stopped or spoken to; how force is used; and how prosecutions are sought. Body cameras could be an integral tool in dealing with these risk areas.” Read more.

Update on Project Mobilise is tracking well 

The Commission’s campaign to change attitudes towards disability in Aotearoa, Project Mobilise, is tracking well.  The project team will soon release an online survey (which will be available in NZSL) so we understand more about what attitudes exist and the most effective way to help communities think differently about disability. More information on the project is available on the website or by emailing [email protected]

In the news: 

  • Mind your language: the backlash against the te reo revival – Read more on Stuff 
  • There are now more white women on boards, but Māori, Pacific and Asian women are still under-represented – Read more on Stuff