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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 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...

Race Relations in 2010

Racial equality, in the enjoyment of fundamental human rights, encompassing civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, is a prerequisite for good race relations. As this...