About the Office of Human Rights Proceedings

Who we are

The Office of Human Rights Proceedings (the Office) is an independent part of the Human Rights Commission and is headed by the Director of Human Rights Proceedings (the Director).

The Director decides whether to provide legal representation to applicants who wish to take unlawful discrimination proceedings in the Human Rights Review Tribunal (the Tribunal) under the Human Rights Act 1993. The Director also brings interference of privacy proceedings to the Tribunal under the Privacy Act 1993. The Director's staff include a senior solicitor, a solicitor, a legal executive and an administrator. 

The Director of Human Rights Proceedings - Robert Kee

The Director is a highly experienced litigator who is appointed by warrant signed by the Governor General, for a term of five years.

The current Director, Robert Kee, was appointed in 2012. He graduated from the University of Auckland in 1986 LLB (Hons). He previously practised at the independent bar from 1991, specialising in criminal law. He has extensive litigation experience in human rights law, including providing representation in many cases under the Human Rights Act and cases raising New Zealand Bill of Rights Act issues.

The Director is required to perform his or her statutory functions under the Human Rights Act independently of anyone, including the Commission and Ministers of the Crown.

What we do

The Office can provide free legal representation to applicants who:

(a) believe they have been unlawfully discriminated against;

(b) have complained to the Human Rights Commission; and

(c) wish to take their case to the Tribunal

The Office can only provide legal representation to people who have already made a complaint to the Human Rights Commission. You can make a complaint to the Commission by visiting their website

The Director can also bring interference with privacy proceedings in the Tribunal when such proceedings are referred to him by the Privacy Commissioner