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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 >>

Human Rights Commission Warmly Welcomes Disability Rights Commissioner’s Re-Appointment

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 6:15 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is delighted to learn that Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy has re-appointed Paula Tesoriero MNZM as Disability Rights Commissioner for another five years. Paula Tesoriero MNZM Tesoriero has been Disability Rights Commissioner ... More >>

Call For Public Holiday To Mark The New Zealand Land Wars

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 5:20 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon has encouraged the Prime Minister to mark the New Zealand Land Wars with a public holiday. ‘I was excited at the prospect that New Zealand may hold public holidays as a response to COVID and believes it’s ... More >>

Human Rights Commission Deeply Concerned About COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 12:22 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned about the lack of scrutiny and rushed process for the COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill. “For weeks the Government has known that we would be moving to alert level 2. It has not allowed enough time ... More >>

Large Number Of Human Rights Enquiries And Complaints Related To COVID-19

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 11:39 am | Human Rights Commission

TheHuman Rights Commissionhas received 311 enquiries and complaints related to the COVID-19 pandemic between January and May 5 this year. “COVID-19 is the most serious human rights emergency Aotearoa New Zealand has experienced since 1945.The ... More >>

Human Rights And Te Tiriti Need To Be Part Of COVID-19 Response

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 9:08 am | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has strongly commended the Government’s response to COVID-19 but says more needs to be done to put human rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the heart of decision and policy making. A 18-page report Human Rights and Te ... More >>

Questions To Ask Of Residential Facilities Caring For Your Loved Ones

Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 3:25 pm | Human Rights Commission

Four questions for whānau and friends to ask of residential facilities caring for their loved ones have been published by the Human Rights Commission. “The spread of COVID-19 in seven age care facilities in Christchurch, Waikato and Auckland will ... More >>

Concerns About Rights Of People In Detention During Response To COVID-19

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:19 pm | Human Rights Commission

Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt, is calling on the Government to respect the rights of people it is holding for detention purposes in its response to COVID-19. People detained by the authorities have a heightened risk of infection due to living ... More >>