Resources & Tools

Below you will find the tools, research and resources for our work, events and campaigns we have developed and continue to monitor. If you are not able to find the particular information you are after please contact our infoline at [email protected]

Human rights education

Human rights education

Learn about human rights in New Zealand through our learning modules.

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Integrate human rights into your business practices

Integrate human rights into your business practices

Tools and research to help New Zealand businesses become good corporate citizens.

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Race Relations Day

Race Relations Day

Race Relations Day, 21 March, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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The A-Z Pre-Employment Guide for employers & employees

The A-Z Pre-Employment Guide for employers & employees

We've compiled this A to Z guide from frequently asked questions, enquiries and complaints to the Human Rights Commission.

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Help for Sexual Harassment

Information to help make a complaint about sexual harassment. Accessible Version here.

Human Rights Complaints: What you need to know

A guide on how to use the Commission's free human rights complaints service. Accessible Version here

HRC A-Z Guide 2016

A guide for employers and employees aimed at ensuring equality and fairness for all job applicants. Accessible Version here.

The Business of Human Rights

'The Business of Human Rights' is a guide for business on how to be good corporate citizens (2016). Accessible version here.

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples: What you need to know. Te Reo version available here.

Accessible version available here.

Ngâ Tika o ngâ Iwi Taketake

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples: What you need to know. English version available here

Treaty of Waitangi Poster

The text of the Treaty in English and Te Reo with a human rights summary included. 

Reasonable Accommodation Guide - Nov 2015

A guide assisting persons with disabilities in understanding their rights to request reasonable accommodation. Accessible Version here

Employment Standards Bill Submission

The  Bill introduces a number of amendments to NZ’s employment legislation.

Read our submission summary here.

Framework for the Future (2004)

Framework for the Future: Equal Employment Opportunities in New Zealand by Michael Mintrom and Jacqui True.

Employers Guidelines For The Prevention Of Pregnancy Discrimination

These guidelines will assist employers in providing a supportive and discrimination-free workplace for pregnant workers. 

What Next? National Conversation About Work

The report identifies the priority issues for EEO in New Zealand, provides recommendations for action, and highlights best practice. 

Statement of Performance Expectations 2015/16 to 2018/19

This report outlines how we will contribute to protecting human rights and promoting harmonious relations between 2015-2018.

Māori Representation in Local Government: The Continuing Challenge

Māori have long been under-represented on local government councils. This report looks into the issue.

Trans-People's Rights Poster

Trans-People Are Born Free & Equal In Dignity & Rights Poster

Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools 2015

Guide created by the  for schools, on preventing and responding to bullying.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights booklet (2013). View the Te Reo version here

Te Whakapuakitanga ö Te Ao mö ngä Tika Tangata

Te Reo translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. View the English language version here

Tui Tui Tuituia: Race Relations in 2013

The annual review of Race Relations in New Zealand. View the Accessible Version here.

Te Waka Reo - Statement on Language Policy

A framework to prioritise, implement and monitor language policy development in New Zealand.

Accessible Version.

Religious diversity in the workplace

This report offers guidance in understanding and accommodating religious diversity in the workplace.

Religion in Schools Report

The paper is based on frequently asked questions and concerns about religion in schools.

Accessible Version.

Statement of Religious Diversity

The statement provides a basis for ongoing discussion of religious diversity in New Zealand.

Accessible Version

To Be Who I Am: Transgender Inquiry

The final report of its Transgender Inquiry.

You can also view the report in HTML and Word.

Guidelines for the Prevention of Pregnancy Discrimination

Employers’ guidelines for the prevention of pregnancy discrimination. Most recent resource here.

School violence, bullying and abuse

A human rights analysis of school violence, bullying and abuse.

English only in the workplace

Guidance on language policies in the workplace

What's Working

Case studies of positive work practices in the public sector.

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A to Z Pre-employment Guide

This is a set of guidelines aimed at ensuring equality and fairness for all job applicants.

Making Disability Rights Real (2014)

Second Report of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Accessible Version. Read the Summary Report here

A New Era in the Right to Sign

2013 Report of the New Zealand Sign Language Inquiry

Annual Report - Pürongo ä Tau 2013

The annual report of the Human Rights Commission and Office of Human Rights Proceedings. 

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Appendix to NZHRC CERD Submission 2017

Appendix to the New Zealand Human Rights Commission's on the 21st and 22 reviews of New Zealand under CERD which sets out a summary of the recommendations made.

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Submission for the 21st and 22nd Review of NZ under CERD

Submission of New Zealand Human Rights Commission -for 21st and 22nd Review of NZ under CERD

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Monitoring Places of Detention 2016

2016 Annual report of activities under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT)

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Annual Report 2016

2016 report of the Human Rights Commission and OHRP.

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Post Disaster Human Rights Checklist

A human rights checklist for government agencies and non-governmental organisations to use in developing disaster preparedness, prevention and recovery responses.

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Best practice guidelines on the prioritisation of vulnerable customers

Best practice guidelines developed for members of the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) and insurance brokers after the Canterbury Earthquakes. Accessible version here

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Submission on the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill

Submission to the Social Services Committee on the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill. (2016)

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Submission - Te Ture Whenua Maori Reform Bill

Submission to the Māori Affairs Committee on the Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill (July 2016)

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Submission - CYPF AWAS Amendment Bill

Submission to the Social Services Committee on the Children, Young Person and their Families (Advocacy, Workforce and Age Settings) Amendment Bill. (28 July 2016)

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Submission on Social Security Rewrite Bill

Submission to the Social Services Committee on the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill (2016).

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He Ara Tika: A pathway forward

The scope and role of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in relation to Aged care and disability residences and facilities (2016). 

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One Page Summary of Intelligence and Security Review Submission

One page summary of our submission on the Independent Review of Intelligence and Security Services, 2015

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Statement of Intent 2016

This report outlines the scope, goals and objectives of the Human Rights Commission.

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HRC submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2016)

Submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on NZ’s 4th periodic review under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Accessible Version Here

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Pamphlet - Human rights enquiries and complaints

Learn about making a human rights complaint

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Statement of Performance Expectations 2016/17 - 2019/20

A summary of the nature and scope of the Commission’s functions and outline of what we are trying to achieve for the next four years

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Submission on proposed Auckland Council Cemeteries Bylaw 2014

Human Rights Commission submission on Auckland City Council's proposed cemeteries and crematoria bylaw 

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Submission to the UN CRPD on Independent Living - 2016

Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Day of General Discussion on Article 19. 

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Feedback on the Draft Youth Service Approved Information Sharing Agreement - 2016

HRC feeback on the Ministry of Social Development's Draft Youth Service Approved Information Sharing Agreement.

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Submission on the Next Steps for Fresh Water - 2016

A response to the Ministry for the Environment’s Consultation document “Next Steps for Fresh Water.” 

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Submission on the Proposed Free Trade Agreement between NZ and EU

New Zealand Human Rights Commission submission on the proposed Free Trade Agreement negotiations between New Zealand and the European Union.

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Submission on the Inquiry into the Future of NZ's Mobility - 2016

HRC submission to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee in Relation to its Inquiry into the Future of New Zealand’s mobility.

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EMRIP study on Right to Health and Indigenous Peoples - 2016

Submission to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Study on the right to health and indigenous peoples.

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Submission on EMRIP mandate - 2016

Submission to the Expert Workshop on the Review of the Mandate of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Submission on the Substance Addiction Bill - 2016

Submission to the Health Select Committee on the Substance Addiction Bill

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HRC Report to the Prime Minister on the GCSB

2013 report to the Prime Minister on the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill; Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill, and associated wider issues relating to surveillance and the human rights of people in New Zealand.

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HRC Submission on Intelligence and Security Review

Submission on the Independent Review of Intelligence and Security Services, 2015

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HRC Submission Adoption Act - 2013

HRC submissions to the Human Rights Tribunal in Adoption Action Inc vs. Attorney General, 2013

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NZHRC ICCPR Submission

HRC report to the UN Human Rights Committee on New Zealand’s compliance with the ICCPR. Word version here

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New Zealand’s part in addressing the current global humanitarian crises

Brief on ways in which it is proposed that New Zealand responds to international resettlement needs.

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Commission submission on end of life matters

Submission to the Health Select Committee in Relation to its Investigation into end of life matters.

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Monitoring Places of Detention 2015

2015 Annual report of activities under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT)

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Health insurance premiums and the Human Rights Act

The Guidelines will help ensure a better understanding of the relationship between health insurance and human rights law and how it works.

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Annual Report 2015

2015 report of the Human Rights Commission and OHRP.

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EMRIP Intervention: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

New Zealand Human Rights Commission 2015 EMRIP Intervention on 'Agenda Item 8': United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

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EMRIP 2015 intervention: Cultural Heritage

New Zealand Human Rights Commission EMRIP Intervention on 'Agenda Item 7': and advice on the promotion and protection on the rights of indigenous peoples with respect to their cultural heritage. 

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UNCRPD Committee Concluding Observations 2014

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concluding observations on the initial report of New Zealand. Word Version | HTML Version 

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Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora: Taking action to ensure a fair go for all

Speech by Human Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen to the Indigenous Nurses Aotearoa Conference 7 August 2015

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Letter to Health Committee on the repeal of the NZ Public Health and Disability Amendment Act

A letter supporting the repeal of New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act.

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Submission on on the Electoral Disqualification of Convicted Prisoners Bill (2010)

Submission by the Human Rights Commission on the Electoral Disqualification of Convicted Prisoners Bill (2010)

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UN Convention Against Torture Report On NZ (2009)

Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture on New Zealand's performance. 

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HRC report to the Committee Against Torture 2015

HRC submission to the Committee Against Torture on NZ's performance. 

Read the Accessible Word version here.

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HRC's report to the Committee Against Torture 2009

The Commission's submission on New Zealand’s implementation of the Convention Against Torture.

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Human Rights Act 1993 Summary

This document provides a summary of the Human Rights Act 1993 including the changes to it following the the Human Rights Amendment Act 2001.

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Summary of Human Rights in New Zealand 2010

major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand.
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Human Rights in New Zealand 2010

major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand.

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HRNZ 2010: rights of women

A chapter of the major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand in 2010.

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HRNZ 10: rights of sexual and gender minorities

A chapter of the major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand in 2010.

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HRNZ 10: rights of refugees

A chapter of the major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand in 2010.

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HRNZ 10: rights of people who are detained

A chapter of the major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand in 2010.

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HRNZ 10: rights of migrants

A chapter of the major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand in 2010.

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HRNZ 10: rights of disabled people

A chapter of the major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand in 2010.

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HRNZ 10: rights of children

A chapter of the major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand in 2010.

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HRNZ 10: Right to work

A chapter of the major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand in 2010.

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HRNZ 10: right to social security

A chapter of the major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand in 2010.

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HRNZ 10: Right to Justice

A chapter of the major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand in 2010.

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30 Priority Areas for action on Human Rights in New Zealand

The Commission's top priorities for action on human rights in New Zealand.

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The Hamilton City Accessible Journey Trial: An evaluation

An evaluation of Hamilton City's Accessible Journey Trial (2009)

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Resolving discrimination and harassment guide

A guide to making and responding to a complaint under the Human Rights Act 1993.

HTML Version

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Statement of Intent and Service Performance 2010-2013

This report provides a comprehensive review of the status of human rights in 2010 and the performance of the Human Rights Commission and The Office of Human Rights Proceedings.

Accessible Version

 

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Statement of Intent 2009-2012

This report outlines the scope, goals and objectives of the Human Rights Commission.

Accessible Version