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The Commission’s 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. The Human Rights Commission is New Zealand’s national human rights institution.

Our job is to:

  • Advocate and promote respect for human rights in New Zealand
  • Encourage harmonious relations between individuals and among the diverse groups in New Zealand
  • Lead, evaluate, monitor and advise on equal employment opportunities
  • Provide information to the public about discrimination and to help resolve complaints about discrimination.

In our day-to-day work we:

  • Support implementation and monitoring of the New Zealand Human Rights Action Plan
  • Education, advocacy and promotion of human rights
  • Monitoring and reporting on compliance with New Zealand law and international human rights instruments
  • Responding to, and resolving, human rights complaints
  • providing legal representation and bringing proceedings.

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