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Human Rights Commission (HRC)

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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 2013

Race Relations in 2013 is the tenth annual review of race relations published by the Human Rights Commission. Documenting the main developments in race relations and...

A New Era in the Right to Sign

In 2006, after many years of lobbying by the deaf community, the New Zealand Sign Language Act was passed, making New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) an...

The Treaty Relationship 2011

This chapter is part of Tūi Tūi Tuituiā: Race Relations in 2011, the annual report on race relations published by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. This...