Human Rights Amendment Act 2001

Part 1
Amendments to principal Act

Amendment to preliminary provisions

3 New section 2 substituted
  • The principal Act is amended by repealing section 2, and substituting the following section:

    2 Interpretation
    • (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

      act includes an activity, condition, enactment, policy, practice, or requirement

      Chief Commissioner means the Commissioner appointed as the Chief Human Rights Commissioner under section 8(1)(a)

      Commission means the Human Rights Commission continued by section 4

      Commissioner means a member of the Commission

      Director of Human Rights Proceedings or Director means the Director of Human Rights Proceedings or alternate Director of Human Rights Proceedings appointed under section 20A

      dispose, in sections 53 and 54, includes sell, assign, lease, let, sublease, sublet, license, or mortgage, and agree to dispose

      dispute resolution meeting means a meeting of the kind referred to in section 77(2)(c)

      dispute resolution services includes the provision of answers to questions by members of the public about discrimination and compliance with this Act

      employer, in Part II, includes—

      • (a) the employer of an independent contractor; and

      • (b) the person for whom work is done by contract workers under a contract between that person and the person who supplies those contract workers; and

      • (c) the person for whom work is done by an unpaid worker

      employment agreement has the meaning given to that term by section 5 of the Employment Relations Act 2000

      employment contract has the meaning given to that term by section 2 of the Employment Contracts Act 1991

      Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner means the Commissioner appointed as the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner under section 8(1)(c)

      General manager means the General manager of the Commission appointed by the Chief Commissioner under section 18; and includes any acting general manager of the Commission

      Human Rights Review Tribunal or Tribunal means the Tribunal continued by section 93

      Minister means the Minister of Justice

      Office of Human Rights Proceedings or Office means the office referred to in section 20

      prohibited ground of discrimination has the meaning given to it by section 21

      Race Relations Commissioner means the Commissioner appointed as the Race Relations Commissioner under section 8(1)(b)

      relative, in relation to any person, means any other person who—

      • (a) is related to the person by blood, marriage, affinity, or adoption; or

      • (b) is wholly or mainly dependent on the person; or

      • (c) is a member of the person's household

      residential accommodation, in sections 53 and 54, includes accommodation in a dwellinghouse, flat, hotel, motel, boardinghouse, or camping ground

      superannuation scheme means any superannuation scheme, fund, or plan, or any provident fund, set up to confer, on its members or other persons, retirement or other benefits, such as accident, disability, sickness, or death benefits

      trustees, in relation to a superannuation scheme, includes the person or persons appointed to administer a superannuation scheme constituted under an Act of Parliament of New Zealand.

      (2) Unless the context otherwise requires, every reference in this Act to a complaint alleging a breach of 1 or more Parts of this Act includes a complaint that appears to allege or concern such a breach (whether or not it refers to the relevant Part in question).

      (3) Unless the context otherwise requires, every reference in this Act to a person against whom a complaint is made includes a body of any kind against whom a complaint is made.

      Compare: 1977 No 49 ss 2, 15(13), 25(5); 1983 No 56 s 4(4); 1992 No 16 s 2(3); 1993 No 35 s 3(3)