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New Zealand Human Rights Commission Full Member since 1996

Level 3
21 Queen Street
Auckland
New Zealand
P: +64 9 309 0874 F: +64 9 377 3593 W: www.hrc.co.nz


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APF membership

1996 (Founding Member)

Establishment

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body that administers the Human Rights Act 1993.

The Human Rights Amendment Act 2001 made several significant changes to the functions and powers of the Commission.

As part of these changes the Office of the Race Relations Conciliator was merged with the Commission and the role of Race Relations Commissioner was established. The role of Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner was also established.

Role and functions

The Human Rights Commission works for a fair, safe and just society where diversity is valued, human rights are respected and everyone is able to live free from prejudice and discrimination.

The Commission's major statutory functions under the Human Rights Act 1993 are to:

  • Advocate and promote respect for, and an understanding and appreciation of, human rights in New Zealand society
  • Encourage the maintenance and development of harmonious relationships between individuals and among the diverse groups in New Zealand society
  • Lead, evaluate, monitor, advise, analyse and liaise on equal employment opportunities
  • Provide information to members of the public who have questions about discrimination and to facilitate resolution of disputes in the most efficient, informal, and cost-effective manner possible.

Members

David Rutherford
Chief Commissioner

Dame Susan Devoy
Race Relations Commissioner

Dr Jackie Blue
Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner

Paul Gibson
Commissioner with responsibility for disability issues

Karen Johansen

Richard Tankersley


Paper

Bare Facts: New Zealand Human Rights Commission

11 Aug 2015 New Zealand
Statement

Human Rights Act 1993

18 Aug 2015 New Zealand
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Human Rights Amendment Act 2001

18 Aug 2015 New Zealand
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Image credits

  1. Group of people entering a Maori marae - New Zealand Human Rights Commission