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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 >>

Precedent Setting Hate Speech Case

Friday, 11 June 2021, 1:30 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Office of Human Rights Proceedings (OHRP) is bringing a case against the Attorney-General arguing current hate speech provisions under the Human Rights Act fail to protect people on the basis of sexual orientation. The gap was exposed in 2017 when a West ... More >>

Praise For Human Rights And Te Tiriti Focus In 2021 Budget

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 5:36 pm | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Government’s commitment to Māori health and housing initiatives in the 2021 Budget, and for an increase in benefits. "Major investment in Māori housing, support for Māori by Māori approaches, ... More >>

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 >>