Human Rights Commission


The Human Rights Commission is a statutory body that administers the Human Rights Act 1993. The Commission's primary functions are: to advocate and promote respect for, and an understanding and appreciation of, human rights in New Zealand society; and to encourage the maintenance and development of harmonious relations between individuals and among the diverse groups in New Zealand society.

Governing legislation

Human Rights Act 1993

Administering body

The Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body.

Contact details
Office of Human Rights Proceedings
Level 3 21 Queens Street
PO Box 6751,
Wellesley Street, Auckland, 1141,
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 309 0874
See also the Commission's contact page


Proceedings brought by the Commission are heard by the Human Rights Review Tribunal

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Reported in

Library holdings of unreported decisions



Prior to 1 January 2002,  the Human Rights Commission had the legal authority to form opinions as to whether a complaint had substance, that is, that there had been a breach of the Human Rights Act 1993 (HRA). Amendments to that Act, which came into force on January 1 2002, mean that the Commission no longer has the legal authority to form an opinion that there had been a breach of the HRA. Incorporates the Office of the Race Relations Commissioner (formerly Race Relations Conciliator).