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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 2007

This is the fourth annual review of race relations published by the Human Rights Commission. The reviews are intended to provide a record of the main...

To Be Who I Am: Transgender Inquiry

Tran people strive to live lives of dignity in communities throughout New Zealand. The youngest person to meet with the inquiry was an 11-year-old intermediate school student;...

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...

Tracking Equality at Work

The world of work has changed dramatically in our lifetimes. Globalisation, economic recession, technological advances, security of tenure, the rise of knowledge work and the decline...

Race Relations in 2006

This report is part of the Human Rights Commission’s contribution to the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme for 2007.