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Indigenous Rights Commissioner Denied In Budget 2022

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 3:02 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission, Te Kāhui Tika Tangata, is welcoming an increase in its baseline funding for the next four years but is calling on the Government to stand by its promises to tangata whenua. It comes after the Government rejected a ... More >>

Inquiry Finds Omicron Response Put Disabled People At Risk

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 11:11 am | Human Rights Commission

Responses to the spread of Omicron caused considerable stress, confusion and put the well-being of disabled people at risk, an urgent inquiry by the Human Rights Commission has found. “The aspirations and needs of disabled people and their whānau ... More >>

Forum On Disability Convention Raises Challenging Questions

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 2:57 pm | Human Rights Commission

A national Forum reviewing Aotearoa New Zealand’s progress in improving the rights of disabled people and tāngata whaikaha Māori has raised challenging questions. The ‘Disability Convention: How is New Zealand doing?’ Forum was held by the ... More >>

Statement From Race Relations Commissioner On Hate Speech Laws

Monday, 14 March 2022, 2:43 pm | Human Rights Commission

Statement from Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon: The government needs to act with greater urgency when it comes to proposed hate speech legislation, according to Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon. Last year the Government released proposals ... More >>

Commissioner Announces Inquiry Into Support Of Disabled People During Omicron

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 12:35 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Disability Rights Commissioner is using powers under the Human Rights Act to launch an Inquiry into the support of disabled people during the Omicron outbreak. Paula Tesoriero says the call is warranted because of the risks to disabled people ... More >>

An Attitude Of “oh Well We’ll All Get It” Puts The Lives Of Many Disabled People At Risk.

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 9:39 am | Human Rights Commission

Widespread community transmission of COVID across Aotearoa New Zealand is now the reality for us. Now as restrictions are eased let’s think about what that might mean for disabled people. <img src="" ... More >>

Accessible Parking At Auckland Hospital – Finally A Priority

Wednesday, 23 February 2022, 10:33 am | Human Rights Commission

As a result of bringing a case under the Human Rights Act 1993, New Zealand paralympian Lee Warn has reached a settlement with the Auckland District Health Board for the proper operation of disabled parking at Auckland City Hospital. Mr Warn, who first ... More >>

Commission Prepares For Conversion Practices Response Service

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 9:41 pm | Human Rights Commission

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata / the Human Rights Commission has welcomed the passage of the Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill, which passed tonight. The bill makes it a criminal offence to change or suppress the sexual orientation, gender identity ... More >>

Human Rights Commission Hands Over Petition Calling For Pay Transparency Legislation

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 5:49 pm | Human Rights Commission

Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo handed over a 4,141 strong petition to the Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Michael Wood at parliament today. The EEO Commissioner has been advocating alongside ... More >>

Settlement Reached In Disability Assist Dog Dispute

Tuesday, 1 February 2022, 12:00 pm | Human Rights Commission

A man who relies on a disability assist dog and a Wellington restaurant (the Restaurant ) have settled their discrimination dispute (the Dispute ). The Dispute stemmed from the Restaurant’s refusal to provide the man lunch indoors while accompanied by ... More >>

Human Rights Commission Chief Executive Resigns

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 10:43 am | Human Rights Commission

Chief Executive Rebecca Elvy will be leaving the Human Rights Commission after almost 3 years in the role. She will be joining Tregaskis Brown in Wellington as a Consulting Partner in March. “We will very much miss her leadership and sharp intelligence. ... More >>

A Human Rights And Tiriti Lens Urgently Needed On Implementation Of The ‘traffic Lights’ System

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 3:33 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is calling on the Government to comprehensively assess its new Covid-19 Protection Framework in terms of human rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. “The challenge is balancing the duty to protect peoples’ right to health and ... More >>

Scrutiny And Public Input Needed Urgently On New COVID-19 Legislation Says Human Rights Commission

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 6:33 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is seeking an assurance from the Government that the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Legislation Bill will be subject to full parliamentary scrutiny and public input. “While the Commission appreciates ... More >>

Community-led Initiative Applauded But More Attention Is Needed

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 12:42 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon has congratulated a Tairāwhiti trust which led a fundraising effort to boost access to vaccinations in the region. However, Mr Foon says the situation may point to gaps in the health system which need to be ... More >>

We May Be Breaching The Human Rights Of Thousands Of Young People – And Criminalizing Them

Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 10:11 am | Human Rights Commission

As we come to the close of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) month I’m dismayed this urgent issue has remained a low priority for governments over many years. More >>

Human Rights Commission says "Te Reo Māori is a right"

Friday, 17 September 2021, 11:52 am | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission will no longer consider individual complaints over the use of te reo Māori or the term Pākehā. More >>

Successive Governments Responsible For Massive Breaches Of The Right To A Decent Home — Human Rights Commission

Monday, 2 August 2021, 5:10 am | Human Rights Commission

Te Kahu Tika Tangata / Human Rights Commission has today launched Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa and announced that it will hold a national inquiry into housing. “New Zealand governments have signed up to a critically important ... More >>

HRC To Play A Role In Law Banning Conversion Practices

Friday, 30 July 2021, 3:18 pm | Human Rights Commission

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata / The Human Rights Commission welcomes the Government’s introduction of the Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill. The proposed legislation would criminalise conversion practices . If passed, it would also create a civil ... More >>

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission Supports Affected Whānau Call For ‘They Are Us’ Film To Not Go Ahead

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 11:32 am | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is calling on the film makers of the ‘They Are Us’ film to listen to the 15th March affected whānau of shuhada, bullet wounded victims, and survivors. “We are still suffering and for the sake of the affected whanau ... More >>

New Data Shows High Rates Of Violence Experienced By Disabled People

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 12:27 pm | Human Rights Commission

New data giving a more accurate picture of the high rates of interpersonal violence and sexual assault being experienced by disabled people in Aotearoa New Zealand has saddened but not surprised Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero. The New ... More >>