Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Act sets out the functions of the Human Rights Commission.

The Commission:

  • Advocates and promotes respect for human rights
  • Educates New Zealanders so they have an understanding of human rights
  • Reports to the Prime Minister on how New Zealand complies with international human rights standards and legislation
  • Provides a service to deal with enquiries and complaints about discrimination.

In September 2011, Paul Gibson was appointed as the first Commissioner with responsibility for disability issues.

Human rights enquiries and complaints service

The Human Rights Commission offers a free, confidential service for people with human rights enquiries and complaints of unlawful discrimination.

The Commission’s dispute resolution process is limited to unlawful discrimination complaints. However the Commission also addresses broader human rights issues, including discrimination relating to disability, housing, employment, education, and ethnic or national origins.

Getting the help I need

Contact the Infoline – Freephone 0800 496 877 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Commission has a guide called Resolving discrimination and harassment – A guide to making and responding to a complaint under the Human Rights Act 1993 (DOC 153 KB)