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Māori Health Authority Welcomed By Human Rights Commission

Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 6:06 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the creation of an independent Māori Health Authority as part of major reforms to health and disablity announced by the Government. “It is particularly positive to honour Te Tiriti and tino rangatiratanga as essential ... More >>

More Help Needed For Victims Of Terrorist Attack On Christchurch Masjidain

Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 6:18 am | Human Rights Commission

The whānau of those murdered in the terrorist attack on two Christchurch Masjidain, plus the survivors and witnesses, need further government assistance to help redress the severe harm they’ve suffered. The Human Rights Commission (HRC) in the report, ... More >>

Human Rights Commission Calls For Inquiry Into Waikeria Protest

Sunday, 3 January 2021, 3:57 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission says important lessons must be learnt from the Waikeria prison protest. Chief Commissioner Paul Hunt strongly recommends that an independent inquiry is carried out and the Office of the Ombudsman is well placed to undertake ... More >>

Resolution Of Ihumātao Deadlock Welcomed

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 7:17 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Government’s announcement that an agreement has been reached on the future of disputed lands at Ihumātao. This includes that the Government will purchase the land from Fletcher Building and that a memorandum ... More >>

Paradigm Shift Away From Seclusion And Restraint Is Needed Says New Report

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 8:03 am | Human Rights Commission

New research has found high use of seclusion and restraint in prisons, children and young people’s residences and health and disability units, particularly of Māori and Pacific Peoples, prompting calls from the Human Rights Commission for ... More >>

Royal Commission On Terrorist Attacks: Human Rights Commission Supports Recommendations For Major Institutional Changes

Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 2:23 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the Government’s apology to Muslim communities following today’s release of Ko tō tātou kāinga tēnei: Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March ... More >>

Human Rights Commission Welcomes Calls For Transformation Of Oranga Tamariki

Monday, 23 November 2020, 4:32 pm | Human Rights Commission

  The Human Rights Commission has welcomed calls for the transformation of the child uplift system, and other aspects of Oranga Tamariki. The second Kuku o te Manawa report, released by the Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft, ... More >>

New Data Shows COVID Recovery Needs To Focus On Disabled People

Friday, 28 August 2020, 2:06 pm | Human Rights Commission

New household labour force data showing three in four working-age disabled people are unemployed underlines the need for the COVID-19 recovery by government and business to focus on the needs of disabled people, says Disability Rights Commissioner Paula ... More >>

Drop In Income For Kiwis Worrying – EEO Commissioner

Thursday, 27 August 2020, 2:22 pm | Human Rights Commission

COVID-19’s ongoing impact on Kiwis’ wages revealed by the latest labour market survey are a grave concern, says Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo. Labour market statistics released yesterday for the June quarter ... More >>

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero Issues Plea: Think Before You Shop!

Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 2:04 pm | Human Rights Commission

As Alert Level 3 restrictions come in place, please keep in mind those people who can’t leave their homes to shop or who might need help with their shopping. Do you have a neighbour you could check in with and drop items off to? Can you free ... More >>

Human Rights Commission Welcomes Repeal Of Offensive Part 4A Law

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 10:39 am | Human Rights Commission

Disabled people and their families have been returned the right to complain to the Human Rights Commission or seek redress through the Courts about discriminatory family funding policies they may face. Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero said ... More >>

Meng Foon Wants New Zealanders To Move Beyond Denial About Racism

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 10:02 am | Human Rights Commission

  Denial of racism is emerging as a major theme when discussing the ‘r’ word, one week into the Voice of Racism campaign. Meng Foon and the Human Rights Commission have analysed comments about racism on their own Facebook pages. Denial ... More >>

New Law Explicitly Affirms Rights Of Public Officials – But Silent On Human Rights Of Everyone Else

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 11:49 am | Human Rights Commission

A major piece of new legislation fails to explicitly require public officials to consider their human rights responsibilities to all New Zealanders, says Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt. “The Public Service Act is a vital piece of law ... More >>

Education And Training Bill Change On Physical Restraint A Win For Disability Advocacy

Friday, 24 July 2020, 2:27 pm | Human Rights Commission

Retaining ‘physical restraint’ over allowing teachers to use ‘physical force’ in last minute changes to the Education and Training Bill is a win for disability advocacy and protecting the rights of disabled children, says Disability Rights Commissioner ... More >>

New Campaign Says ‘give No Voice To Racism’

Monday, 20 July 2020, 9:16 am | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is urging people in Aotearoa New Zealand to ‘give no voice to racism’ as it launches a new campaign featuring celebrated film maker Taika Waititi. Based on real-life experiences of racism in this country, the campaign ... More >>

Fresh Calls For National Plan To Address Family Violence

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 10:54 am | Human Rights Commission

The Government must develop a national plan to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence during and after a pandemic situation says Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo. She made the comments in a written submission ... More >>

Government Must Listen To Muslim Community About The Attack On Christchurch Mosques

Friday, 10 July 2020, 5:03 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Government must listen to the Muslim community to rectify its failure to act in the past, says the Human Rights Commission. The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ) submission to the Royal Commission of Inquiry was released this week. ... More >>

New Research Reveals Large Number Of Kiwis Are Experiencing Unequal Pay

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:55 am | Human Rights Commission

Many New Zealanders have reported being paid less for doing the same job as another person, according to new research released today by the Human Rights Commission. The report “Opinions and Experiences of Unequal Pay and Pay Transparency” reveals ... More >>

Human Rights Commission Issues Report On “rainbow” Human Rights In Aotearoa New Zealand.

Friday, 19 June 2020, 3:53 pm | Human Rights Commission

People of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or sex characteristics (SOGIESC) continue to suffer in New Zealand from discrimination when it comes to basic human rights like access to quality healthcare, education and work. The “Prism” ... More >>

Review Findings Of Failings In PPE Distribution Is No Surprise, Says Disability Rights Commissioner

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 5:19 pm | Human Rights Commission

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero has welcomed the findings of the Auditor-General’s report on the management of personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to Covid-19. “I was pleased to be able to contribute to this report ... More >>