Graphic: Group of people entering a Maori marae
1996 (Founding Member)
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.
Dame Susan Devoy
Race Relations Commissioner
Dr Jackie Blue
Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner
Commissioner with responsibility for disability issues
- Group of people entering a Maori marae - New Zealand Human Rights Commission