Refreshing Human Rights for Our Time and Place - The Crucial and Constructive Role of the Public Service

Paul Hunt, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner shared with attendees of this lunchtime session the critical role the Public Service has in advancing New Zealand’s national and international human rights promises. He shared his views about when and how human rights should be considered/included in the policy-making process, and how they can help officials design effective, robust, inclusive policies and ensure government Te Tiriti obligations are taken seriously and issues of equity are addressed.

Human rights and Te Tiriti can fortify education, housing, health care and protection, and accessibility for all. A skillful public official promotes human rights for everyone in Aotearoa.