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Human Rights Commission (HRC)

Website: Human Rights Commission: HRC website

Email: infoline@hrc.co.nz

The Human Rights Commission was set up in 1977 and works under the Human Rights Act 1993. Our purpose is to promote and protect the human rights of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand. We work for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected. In this section you can find out more about who we are, what we do and why. 

Race Relations in 2012

New Zealand’s compliance with international human rights treaties was considered by two United Nations treaty bodies in 2012 – the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural...

Race Relations in 2011

The year 2011 was dominated by the Canterbury earthquakes, the hosting of the Rugby World Cup, the environmental consequences of the foundering of the container ship...

Human Rights and Prisons

This literature review examines human rights issues relating to New Zealand prisons, primarily in relation to the period 2004-2010.  The period has been one of significant...

Making disability rights real

This report reflects the information and data currently available on disabled people. The partners in the monitoring mechanism agreed to focus on certain aspects of the...

What next? National Conversation about Work

The National Conversation is about fairness at work. Two years ago the Human Rights Commission undertook to engage in a nation-wide series of engagements to listen...

Census of Women’s Participation 2010

This is the fourth benchmark report written and published by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. It expands the coverage of women in public and professional...