June Tūrangawaewae Newsletter

June Tūrangawaewae Newsletter

June 14, 2021

New disability rights initiative 'Project Mobilise' 

The Human Rights Commission is taking the first steps on a journey of creating a long-term programme to challenge discrimination against disabled people. Project Mobilise is a call to action to change perceptions of, and knowledge about, disabled peoples’ experiences in Aotearoa. Project Mobilise will play a role in addressing our United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability and help lay the foundations for current reform, particularly around accessibility legislation, to attract more public support. The Commission knows that changing attitudes and behaviour doesn’t happen overnight. It will need a long term, multi-layered, multi-faceted campaign. Like Minds, Like Mine is an exemplar. We want fundamental social change and fair access to education, employment, health, housing, cultural and political life for disabled people in the long term. Read more.

Praise for human rights and Te Tiriti focus in 2021 Budget 

The Government’s commitment to Māori health and housing initiatives and to an increase in benefits in the 2021 Budget is welcome. Chief Commissioner Paul Hunt, Equal Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo and Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero comment on the Government’s 2021 budget announced on 20 May. Read more. 

Teacher focused Unteach Racism campaign launched

A big step towards eliminating racism in schools is being taken with the new teacher-focused ‘Unteach Racism’ campaign launched by the Teaching Council. Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon commends the resource saying he wants young people to grow in an environment free from racism. “I see teachers as powerful agents who can help dismantle such behaviour.” Read more.  

Court order affirms disability rights 

An Employment Court judgement on the Ministry of Health’s Funded Family Care policy is welcomed by the Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero. “The Court’s judgment supported the Commission's intervention that a one-size-fits-all approach to policy is not always compatible with a human rights approach.” Read more.  

Statement on Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Gaza

Chief Commissioner Paul Hunt and Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon are urging communities to foster respectful relationships.  “We agree with Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta: All sides have a responsibility to de-escalate, stop the violence and prevent further suffering and loss of life.” Read more. 

More is needed to address poverty for disabled children says Commissioner

Updated reports show one in five disabled children live in material hardship – double the rate for non- disabled children.  Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says recognition of how disadvantaged disabled children and young people are is just a first step. “Now is the time for action.” We need to see more targeted and holistic approaches to even up the playing field for disabled children and young people” Read more.  

Regular review of travel restrictions and assistance for overseas New Zealanders needed 

The Human Rights Commission is urging regular reviews into the COVID-19 related travel restrictions that remain for permanent residents as well as greater assistance for New Zealanders stuck overseas. The commission also welcomes the Government’s lifting of temporary travel restrictions from India for New Zealand citizens. Read more.  

Duty to educate all New Zealanders about relationships, responsibilities and rights

Chief Commissioner Paul Hunt speaks to Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom about relationships, responsibilities and rights. Mr Hunt was invited to speak to members of the Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom at their hui in Hamilton. “I attended the hui to speak, listen and discuss the experiences raised by the Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom, acknowledging that these experiences are part of a wider conversation about the importance of social inclusion and belonging in Aotearoa.” Read more.

Human Rights Resources  

  • Where will we Live in the Future? Tā tātou kainga e noho ana ki hea ā te wā heke mai is a new report into the unmet housing needs of disabled people in Aotearoa by the Community Housing Collective. Read more.
  • Ōtautahi Christchurch has had a run of public events which seek to connect people to the city and to each other, including Open Christchurch, Learning Days Christchurch, Pecha Kucha and some new Gap Filler projects such as the Polite Force / Ngā Pirihimanaaki. Guests Erica Austin (Christchurch Ambassador), Ryan Reynolds (Gap Filler) and Cheryl Doig (Ako Ōtautahi / Learning City Christchurch) talk through these events, reflecting particularly on how we might frame their 'success' or 'impact' on human rights radio show Speak Up - Korerotia. Listen here. 

Vacancies 

 

New disability rights initiative 'Project Mobilise' 

The Human Rights Commission is taking the first steps on a journey of creating a long-term programme to challenge discrimination against disabled people. Project Mobilise is a call to action to change perceptions of, and knowledge about, disabled peoples’ experiences in Aotearoa. Project Mobilise will play a role in addressing our United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability and help lay the foundations for current reform, particularly around accessibility legislation, to attract more public support. The Commission knows that changing attitudes and behaviour doesn’t happen overnight. It will need a long term, multi-layered, multi-faceted campaign. Like Minds, Like Mine is an exemplar. We want fundamental social change and fair access to education, employment, health, housing, cultural and political life for disabled people in the long term. Read more.

Praise for human rights and Te Tiriti focus in 2021 Budget 

The Government’s commitment to Māori health and housing initiatives and to an increase in benefits in the 2021 Budget is welcome. Chief Commissioner Paul Hunt, Equal Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo and Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero comment on the Government’s 2021 budget announced on 20 May. Read more. 

Teacher focused Unteach Racism campaign launched

A big step towards eliminating racism in schools is being taken with the new teacher-focused ‘Unteach Racism’ campaign launched by the Teaching Council. Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon commends the resource saying he wants young people to grow in an environment free from racism. “I see teachers as powerful agents who can help dismantle such behaviour.” Read more.  

Court order affirms disability rights 

An Employment Court judgement on the Ministry of Health’s Funded Family Care policy is welcomed by the Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero. “The Court’s judgment supported the Commission's intervention that a one-size-fits-all approach to policy is not always compatible with a human rights approach.” Read more.  

Statement on Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Gaza

Chief Commissioner Paul Hunt and Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon are urging communities to foster respectful relationships.  “We agree with Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta: All sides have a responsibility to de-escalate, stop the violence and prevent further suffering and loss of life.” Read more. 

More is needed to address poverty for disabled children says Commissioner

Updated reports show one in five disabled children live in material hardship – double the rate for non- disabled children.  Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says recognition of how disadvantaged disabled children and young people are is just a first step. “Now is the time for action.” We need to see more targeted and holistic approaches to even up the playing field for disabled children and young people” Read more.  

Regular review of travel restrictions and assistance for overseas New Zealanders needed 

The Human Rights Commission is urging regular reviews into the COVID-19 related travel restrictions that remain for permanent residents as well as greater assistance for New Zealanders stuck overseas. The commission also welcomes the Government’s lifting of temporary travel restrictions from India for New Zealand citizens. Read more.  

Duty to educate all New Zealanders about relationships, responsibilities and rights

Chief Commissioner Paul Hunt speaks to Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom about relationships, responsibilities and rights. Mr Hunt was invited to speak to members of the Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom at their hui in Hamilton. “I attended the hui to speak, listen and discuss the experiences raised by the Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom, acknowledging that these experiences are part of a wider conversation about the importance of social inclusion and belonging in Aotearoa.” Read more.

Human Rights Resources  

  • Where will we Live in the Future? Tā tātou kainga e noho ana ki hea ā te wā heke mai is a new report into the unmet housing needs of disabled people in Aotearoa by the Community Housing Collective. Read more.
  • Ōtautahi Christchurch has had a run of public events which seek to connect people to the city and to each other, including Open Christchurch, Learning Days Christchurch, Pecha Kucha and some new Gap Filler projects such as the Polite Force / Ngā Pirihimanaaki. Guests Erica Austin (Christchurch Ambassador), Ryan Reynolds (Gap Filler) and Cheryl Doig (Ako Ōtautahi / Learning City Christchurch) talk through these events, reflecting particularly on how we might frame their 'success' or 'impact' on human rights radio show Speak Up - Korerotia. Listen here. 

Vacancies