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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.

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.

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. 

Commission submission on end of life matters

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

Monitoring Places of Detention 2015

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

Annual Report 2015

2015 report of the Human Rights Commission and OHRP.

Reasonable Accommodation Guide - Nov 2015

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

IDPD poster 2015

International Day of People with Disabilities Poster 2015. 

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.

"Don't Touch It" poster

The Commission's "Don't Touch It" workplace harassment poster from 2001. 

2014 Race Relations Day Poster

2014 Race Relations Day Poster: "I am Aotearoa New Zealand" 

Trans-People's Rights Poster

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

New Zealand Human Rights Milestones Poster

New Zealand Human Rights Milestones

2008 Race Relations Day poster

2008 Race Relations Day poster – We All Sit Under The Same Stars

Race Relations Day Poster 2004

2004 Race Relations Day poster – Take A Walk In Someone Elses Shoes

Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools 2015

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

Race Relations Day 2015 Poster: Te Reo Version

Race Relations Day 2015 Poster: Te Reo Version. Download the JPEG version here

Race Unity Speech Competition: Vipasha Metha

Race Unity Speech Competition quote: Vipasha Metha. Download the JPEG Version here

Race Unity Speech Competition: Thai An Vo

Race Unity Speech Competition quote: Thai An Vo. Download the JPEG Version here

Race Unity Speech Competition: Thai An Vo 2

Race Unity Speech Competition quote: Thai An Vo. Download the JPEG Version here.

Race Unity Speech Competition: Samantha Kutesera

Race Unity Speech Competition quote: Samantha Kutesera. Download the JPEG Version here

Race Unity Speech Competition: Gauri Prabhakar.

Race Unity Speech Competition quote: Gauri Prabhakar. Download the JPEG Version here

Tui Tui Tuituia: Race Relations in 2012

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

Race Relations Day 2015 Poster V9

Race Relations Day 2015 poster (Ver 9). Download the JPEG version here.

2006 Race Relations Day poster

2006 Race Relations Day poster – Aotearoa, New Zealand, Turangawaewae.  Our Home

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 60th Anniversary

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th Anniversary booklet publish in 2008. 

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

UDHR: Article 1

Article 1: Everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights.

UDHR: Article 3

"Everyone has the right to life and to live in freedom and safety."

UDHR: Article 19

Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

UDHR: Article 29

Article 29: Everyone has the responsibility to respect the rights of others.

Tui Tui Tuituia: Race Relations in 2013

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

Tui Tui Tuituia: Race Relations in 2011

The annual review of Race Relations in New Zealand. 

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.

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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

Te Mana i Waitangi booklet

This guide gives you a better understanding of the Treaty and its human rights dimensions.

Human Rights 2010: Te Mana i Waitangi

Human Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi chapter (2010). 

What's Working

Case studies of positive work practices in the public sector.

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Tracking Equality at Work

New methods to track and advance equal employment opportunities.

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

Cases that made a difference '07

Ten discrimination complaints mediated by the Commission

Cases that made a difference '08

Ten discrimination complaints mediated by the Commission

Cases that made a difference '06

Ten discrimination complaints mediated by the Commission.

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Te Rito 2007

Case studies that illustrate some of the ways human rights issues affect us.

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Te Rito 2008

Case studies that illustrate some of the ways human rights issues affect the lives of New Zealanders.

Te Rito 2009

Case studies that illustrate some of the ways human rights issues affect the lives of New Zealanders.

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Te Rito 2011

Case studies that illustrate some of the ways human rights issues affect the lives of New Zealanders.

Te Rito 2012

Case studies that illustrate some of the ways human rights issues affect us.

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Annual Report - Pürongo ä Tau 2013

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

Annual Report 2009: Rïpoata ä tau rua mano mä iwa

The Annual Report of the Human Rights Commission and office of Human Rights Proceedings. 

Annual Report 2014

2014 report of the Human Rights Commission and OHRP.

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Best practise guidelines on the prioritisation of vulnerable customers

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

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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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CE Expenses 01-07-15 to 30-06-16 - Hospitality Provided

Disclosure of Chief Executive hospitality expenses

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CE Expenses 01-07-15 to 30-06-16 - Travel

Disclosure of Chief Executive travel expenses

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CE Expenses 01-07-15 to 30-06-16 - Hospitality Received

Disclosure of the gifts recieved by the Chief Executive

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Expense Disclosure: David Rutherford 01-07-15 to 30-06-16 - Travel

This information meets State Services Commission requirements for disclosure of chief Commissioner expenses, gifts and hospitality.

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Expense Disclosure: David Rutherford 01-07-15 to 30-06-16 - Other

This information meets State Services Commission requirements for disclosure of chief Commissioner expenses, gifts and hospitality.

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Expense Disclosure: David Rutherford 01-07-15 to 30-06-16 - Hospitality Received

This information meets State Services Commission requirements for disclosure of chief Commissioner expenses, gifts and hospitality.

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Expense Disclosure: David Rutherford 01-07-15 to 30-06-16 - Hospitality Provided

This information meets State Services Commission requirements for disclosure of chief Commissioner expenses, gifts and hospitality.

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Expense Disclosure: David Rutherford 01-07-15 to 30-06-16

This information meets State Services Commission requirements for disclosure of chief Commissioner expenses, gifts and hospitality.

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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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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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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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Chief Executive Expenses 15-12-14 to 30-06-15: Travel

Travel expenses for Cynthia Brophy 15-12-14 to 30-06-15.

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Chief Executive Expenses 15-12-14 to 30-06-15: Hospitality Received

Gifts received by Cynthia Brophy 15-12-14 to 30-06-15.

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Chief Executive Expenses 15-12-14 to 30-06-15: Hospitality Provided

Hospitality provided by Cynthia Brophy 15-12-14 to 30-06-15.

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Chief Executive Expenses: 15-12-14 to 30-06-15

Expenses for Cynthia Brophy 15-12-14 to 30-06-15.

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Chief Executive Expenses 15-12-14 to 30-06-15: Other

Other expenses for Cynthia Brophy 15-12-14 to 30-06-15.

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Executive Director Hospitality Provided Expenses - 01/07/14 to 23/01/15

List of hospitality provided expenses provided by Executive Director Joanna Collinge

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Executive Director Hospitality Received Expenses - 01/07/14 to 23/01/15

List of hospitality received expenses provided by Executive Director Joanna Collinge

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Executive Director Other Expenses - 01/07/14 to 23/01/15

List of other expenses provided by Executive Director Joanna Collinge 

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Executive Director Travel Expenses - 01/07/14 to 23/01/15

List of travel expenses provided by Executive Director Joanna Collinge

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Executive Director Expenses Final - 01/07/14 to 23/01/15

List of final expenses provided by Executive Director Joanna Collinge

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Chief Commissioner David Rutherford Other Expenses - 01/07/14 to 30/06/15

List of final expenses spent by Chief Commissioner David Rutherford

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Chief Commissioner David Rutherford Travel Expenses - 01/07/14 to 30/06/15

List of travel expenses by Chief Commissioner David Rutherford

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Chief Commissioner David Rutherford Hospitality Provided - 01/07/14 to 30/06/15

List of hospitality items provided by Chief Commissioner David Rutherford

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Chief Commissioner David Rutherford Hospitality Received - 01/07/14 to 30/06/15

List of hospitality items received by Chief Commissioner David Rutherford

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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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Chief Commissioner expenses Jan-June 2014

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford's expense disclosure.

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Chief Commissioner expenses Jul-Dec 2013

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford's expense disclosure.

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Chief Commissioner expenses Jan-June 2013

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford's expense disclosure.

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Chief Commissioner expenses Jul-Dec 2012

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford's expense disclosure.

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Chief Commissioner expenses Jan-June 2012

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford's expense disclosure.

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Chief Commissioner expenses Sep-Dec 2011

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford's expense disclosure 

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Chief Commissioner expenses Jul-Aug 2011

Chief Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan's expense disclosure.

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Chief Commissioner expenses Jan-June 2011

Chief Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan's expense disclosure

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Chief Commissioner expenses Jul-Dec 2010

Chief Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan's expense disclosure

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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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What you can do about sexual harassment (Tongan)

A guide on dealing with sexual harassment written in Tongan

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What you can do about sexual harassment (Samoan)

A guide on dealing with sexual harassment written in Samoan

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What you can do about sexual harassment (Te Reo)

A guide on dealing with sexual harassment written in Te Reo

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What you can do about sexual harassment (Hindi)

A guide on dealing with sexual harassment written in Hindi

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What you can do about sexual harassment

A guide about dealing with sexual harassment

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What you can do about sexual harassment (Chinese Traditional)

A guide about sexual harassment written in Traditional Chinse

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What you can do about sexual harassment (Chinese Simplified)

A guide about dealing with sexual harassment written in Simplified Chinese

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What is the Human Rights Commission Simplified Chinese

A guide about the Human Rights Commission written in Simplified Chinese.

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What is the Human Rights Commission Tongan

A guide about the Human Rights Commission written in Tongan.

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What is the Human Rights Commission Traditional Chinese

A guide about the Human Rights Commission written in Tradition Chinese.

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What is the Human Rights Commission Samoan

A guide about the Human Rights Commission written in Samoan.

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What is the Human Rights Commission Hindi

A guide about the Human Rights Commission written in Hindi.

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Resolving discrimination and harassment guide

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

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Statement of Intent 2013 – 2016

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

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Statement of Intent and Service Performance 2012-2015

This report provides a comprehensive review of the status of human rights in 2012 and the performance and priorities of the Human Rights Commission and The Office of Human Rights Proceedings.

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Statement of Intent and Service Performance 2011-2014

This report provides a comprehensive review of the status of human rights in 2011 and the performance and priorities of the Human Rights Commission and The Office of Human Rights Proceedings.

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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.

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Statement of Intent 2009-2012

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

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Statement of Performance Expectations 2014-2018

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

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Statement of Intent 2014-2018

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

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