March 2017 Turangawaewae

March 2017 Turangawaewae

March 1, 2017

Tūrangawaewae is the Human Rights Commission's newsletter. In this edition we cover: a campaign calling for an inquiry into State care abuse, CSW61, the abolishing of historic convictions for sex between men, and much more. 

In this issue we cover:

Commission open letter calls for inquiry in to the abuse of thousands while under state care: 

Recently, the Commission launched the #NeverAgain campaign, asking New Zealanders to join our call for a comprehensive inquiry into the abuse of thousands of people, many of them children, while they were under the care of the Government. Read More...


E karanga ana te reta puare a te Kōmihana kia uiuitia te tūkinotanga o te manomano  tāngata i ngā whakahaere manaaki o te Kāwanatanga: 

Nō nā tata nei, ka whakarewaina e te Kōmihana tāna kaupapa #NeverAgain, e pātai ana ki te iwi whānui o Aotearoa kia tautoko rātau i te karanga kia āta uiuitia te tūkinotanga o te manomano tāngata, ko te tokomaha he tamariki, i a rātau e purihia ana ki roto i ngā whakahaere manaaki o te Kāwanatanga. Read More...


Aotearoa’s Lost Generation – Dame Susan Devoy: 

Years ago in a small town a Maori boy was caught stealing lollies at the local four square. A report labelled him a ‘thug” and he was made a state ward. He was ten years old. Put in a boy’s home where he was physically and sexually abused, he ended up doing very long stretches in isolation. He’d spend months at a time in a single cell. While there his parents died. When he was let out he was sent to live with a series of strangers, some of whom sexually and physically abused him. He was to spend time in and out of prison. He was an old man by the time he made meaningful contact with his whanau again. By then he’d lost so many things: language, whakapapa, whanau, childhood. Read More...


Dr Jackie Blue at CSW 61: 

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue, has a busy year ahead, starting with International Women’s Day on 8 March and her attendance at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York in the week following. Read More...


Commission welcomes historic conviction quashing announcement: 

The Commission recently welcomed Justice Minister Amy Adams’ announcement that historic convictions for sex between men in New Zealand will be quashed. Read More... 


Further adjustments to Education Amendment Bill needed for students with disabilities: 

For New Zealand to meet our human rights obligations, it’s vital that our education system is inclusive. The Commission recently provided a submission to the Education and Science Committee the make sure the Education (update) Amendment Bill 2016 achieves that aim. Read More...

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