Human Rights Act 1993

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Reprint as at 1 October 2008

Human Rights Act 1993

Public Act1993 No 82
Date of assent10 August 1993


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

This Act is administered in the Ministry of Justice



Functions and powers of Commission

Activities in performance of Commission's functions

Membership of Commission

Criteria for appointment

Functions of Commissioners

General manager and staff of Commission

Commissioners to act independently

Office of Human Rights Proceedings

Director of Human Rights Proceedings

Appointment of Judge as Human Rights Commissioner

Provisions relating to office holders

Administrative provisions relating to Human Rights Commission and Office of Human Rights Proceedings

Application of Part to persons and bodies referred to in section 3 of New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

Acts or omissions authorised or required by law

Prohibited grounds of discrimination

Discrimination in employment matters

Exceptions in relation to employment matters

33 Armed Forces [Repealed]

Discrimination in partnerships

Discrimination by industrial and professional associations, qualifying bodies, and vocational training bodies

Discrimination in access to places, vehicles, and facilities

Discrimination in provision of goods and services

Discrimination in provision of land, housing, and other accommodation

Discrimination in access to educational establishments

Other forms of discrimination

Special provisions relating to superannuation schemes

Other matters



Monetary limits on remedies tribunal may grant

Granting of remedies by high court on reference from tribunal

Abandonment or agreement to bring claim within tribunal's jurisdiction

Functions and powers of Tribunal

Constitution of Tribunal

Procedure of Tribunal

141 Annual report [Repealed]

146 Repeals [Repealed]

147 Revocation [Repealed]

Transitional provisions

Race Relations Conciliator

Proceedings Commissioner

Complaints Division


Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend the Race Relations Act 1971 and the Human Rights Commission Act 1977 and to provide better protection of human rights in New Zealand in general accordance with United Nations Covenants or Conventions on Human Rights.

BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of New Zealand as follows: