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New Rainbow Community Human Rights Resource: Born Free and Equal

If you haven’t yet seen it, the Human Rights Commission recently released a new human rights, sexual orientation, sex and gender identity resource –  Born Free and Equal.

Copies can be ordered from the Commission by emailing resources@hrc.co.nz or can be downloaded from the HRC website here: www.hrc.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/BornFreeEqual_for_Web.pdf

Universal Periodic Review: Do New Zealanders Have Their Human Rights Upheld?

The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights, but how well are we actually doing?

The Universal Periodic Review is an important opportunity for individuals, NGOs and civil society organisations to share their experience and views on New Zealand’s realisation of human rights for everyone. What people and communities say can influence future developments. It isn’t just about writing reports. Communities will be consulted on what’s important for them. UPR 13/14 is an opportunity to work with other like minded groups, and to lobby the Government to make voluntary commitments and/or accept recommendations made by the working group following the UPR 13/14 process.

The Commission is offering free workshops to support civil society in UPR 13/14. In addition there will be opportunities to engage in discussions with government officials in April/May and subsequently to comment on the draft New Zealand government report. The Commission would also welcome the opportunity to discuss key issues with community groups and individuals to feed into the UPR 13/14 process.

The workshop dates and times for 2013 are:

  • Auckland          26 March (1.30 – 4.30pm) Auckland Law School
  • Wellington        4 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Christchurch      11 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Dunedin           16 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Hamilton          7 May (1.30-4.30)
  • Invercargill      9 May (Time TBC)

Please contact Michael White on michaelw@hrc.co.nz if:

  • You wish to attend one of the Commission’s workshops;
  • Would like to receive further emails about how to be involved in the UPR process;
  • If you or your organization are hosting an event where the Commission could talk about UPR 13/14; or
  • You would like the Commission to assist with facilitating co-ordinated engagement from your sector.

In the meantime for more information on UPR 13/14 and how you can get involved see: http://www.hrc.co.nz/international-human-rights-new/faqs-for-upr-1314

The Commission looks forward to working with you around UPR 13/14 to ensure the full and active engagement of civil society organisations across the country, helping to garner actual positive changes on the ground.

Intersex Awareness Workshop and Documentary Screening: 18 August 2012

Policy Analyst Wanted Wellington Human Rights Commission

Policy Analyst (Systems), Strategic Policy team

Wellington based

Fixed term to June 2013

Part time – 25 to 30hrs per week

The Human Rights Commission advocates and promotes respect for,and an understanding and appreciation of,human rights inNew Zealandsociety,and encourages the maintenance and development of harmonious relations inNew Zealand.

The Human Rights Commission is seeking a Policy Analyst with a primary focus on systems issues

Responsibilities include:

  • co-ordinate quarterly reporting to the Ministry of Justice
  • maintain an impact register which monitors impacts of Commission initiative
  • assist the Manager, Strategic Policy in managing key strategic policy projects for the Commission

The successful applicant should have:

  • a relevant university degree or equivalent experience
  • knowledge of and experience in government and parliamentary public policy issues and processes, and experience in the provision of policy advice
  • understanding of and an ability to effectively operate in the dynamic and challenging political environment in which the Commission operates
  • knowledge of the human rights legal framework,and experience in the provision of policy advice in human rights, race relations, disability, the Treaty of Waitangi or equivalent social/justice areas
  • programme and project management, and an understanding of research,intervention analysis,monitoring,and evaluation methodologies
  • experience in managing internal and external relationships with a variety of stakeholders in a challenging environment, and demonstrated success in building relationships and gaining the support and participation of key individuals and groups
  • excellent writing skills and an ability to prepare and present logical and persuasive written material to support policy advocacy, and to advocate and communicate effectively in a range of policy environments

Further details are on the position description

To express your interest in this role please send your CV and covering letter to:

  • Email:      humanresources@hrc.co.nz
  • Phone:    Louise Flemming, Human Resources Officer, on 09 309 0874
  • Post:        PO Box 6751, Wellesley Street, Auckland, 1142
  • Ref:          HN6365 

Applications to be received by 5pm on Friday 3 August 2012

2-Day Hui to Reflect on Strength Based Stories: 22 July 2012

Ngā Tapuwae o Hape (the Footsteps of Hape)

Hosted by Makaurau Marae together with the Human Rights Commission and the Disabled Persons Assembly

A hui to reflect upon our strength based stories (such as Hape’s) and how these stories inform our understanding and promotion of disability and indigenous rights, to discuss leadership on the rights of disabled people by te hunga hauā and to talk about how whanau hauā can work in partnership with the Human Rights Commission to better promote and protect the rights of all disabled people.

The name Ngā Tapuwae o Hape acknowledges that we follow in the footsteps of Hape, as we draw upon the strengths of our ancestors and foster leadership amongst te hunga hauā.

Friday 22 June Powhiri  2pm

Makaurau Marae,

8 Ruaiti Rd, Ihumatao
Mangere
Manukau City
Auckland

Ngā Tapuwae o Hape is the first day of a 2 day hui for whanau hauā organised by DPA.  Participants are welcome to come just for the first day or to attend all 2 days. More information about the rest of the weekend will follow.

Please register your interest with Leilani Thompson-Rikys

leilanit@hrc.co.nz

09 375 8642   or    022 0611 634

If there are any disability related needs or ways of enhancing participation that we need to be aware of please let Leilani know.

Unfortunately disability assistance dogs are not able to be taken onto Makaurau Marae however for those who use dogs ordinarily the HRC will cover the costs of employing a disability assistance person for the day.

Note: This is primarily an event for people with personal experience of disability and mental-health problems. Service-providers and family members are welcome. There is recognition that these are not necessarily always separate groups.

Mediator Wanted for HRC Wellington

Mediator, Enquiries & Complaints Team

Fixed term to 31 May 2013, part time (20 hours per week)

Wellington (preferred, but negotiable)

The Commission is seeking an experienced Mediator on a fixed term basis to cover a period of extended leave.  The team’s purpose is to provide a dispute resolution service for enquiries and complaints of unlawful discrimination and other human rights matters made to the Human Rights Commission.

Duties include:

  • analyse and categorise complaints to the Commission
  • resolve disputes in accordance with the legislative requirements and best practice
  • educate key audiences on the disputes resolution function
  • provide information and case studies for use in the wider Commission support other parts of the HRC to address broader human rights issues
  • participate in Enquiries & Complaints specific projects and programmes
    • a relevant University degree or equivalent experience
    • awareness of the theories and conceptual underpinnings of mediation and dispute resolution; demonstrated effective application of modern dispute resolution skills
    • an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga with proficiency to conduct dispute resolution processes using Te Reo Māori is desirable
    •  a recognised mediation qualification is desirable
    • in-depth knowledge of human rights, race relations, EEO or equivalent social/justice areas.  Experience in any of the Commission’s current priorities as set out in the Statement of Intent is desirable
    • an understanding of and an ability to effectively operate in, the dynamic and challenging political environment in which the Commission operates
    • knowledge of the functions of various government and non-governmental agencies for referral purposes
    • effective use of communication skills to establish and maintain trust, elicit relevant information, articulate it appropriately, record it clearly and accurately while maintaining impartiality, confidentiality and a high standard of report writing
    • competence in analysis and judgement demonstrated by ability to break down complex information to identify key aspects, causal factors and links between different sources of information

Person Specification and Position Competencies

The Commission advocates and promotes respect for an understanding of human rights in New Zealand society, and encourages the maintenance of harmonious relations in New Zealand.

To express your interest in this role please send your CV and covering letter to:

Email:      humanresources@hrc.co.nz

Phone:    Louise Flemming, Human Resources Officer, on 09 309 0874

Post:        PO Box 6751, Wellesley Street, Auckland, 1142

Ref:          HN6411

Applications to be received by midday on Monday 28 May 2012

The Human Rights Commission is a member of the Equal Employment Opportunities Employers Group, which obliges the Commission to adhere to EEO principles in operations, including all aspects of recruitment

Infoline Team Leader at HRC

  • Position: Infoline Team Leader, Enquiries & Complaints Team
  • Responsible to: Chief Mediator (Manager, Enquiries and Complaints)
  • Responsible for: Staff supervision
  • Location: Auckland
  • Salary: Band C
  • Status: Permanent, full time

Responsibilities include the following:

  • provide a front-line service for individuals contacting the Commission with enquiries on human rights issues by effectively assessing enquiries and complaints to determine appropriate action
  • organise roster and provide staff supervision to ensure that the Infoline is operating efficiently and effectively
  • capture and report on information on complaints/enquiries received

Person specifications:

  • knowledge and experience in providing helpline service
  • excellent communication skills, actively listens, draws out information competency and checks understanding, expresses information effectively, both orally and in writing
  • experience of staff supervision, performance management and development
    • experience of managing a database and analysing data
    • effective use of interviewing skills to establish and maintain trust, to elicit relevant information, maintain confidentiality and to record information clearly and accurately without influencing responses
    • experience in breaking complex information down logically to identify key aspects,  including what is being sought and any links between information from different sources
    • aware of the functions of various government and non-governmental agencies for referral purposes and media awareness
    • experience in workflow management

To express your interest in this role please send your CV and covering letter to:

  • Email:      humanresources@hrc.co.nz
  • Phone:    Louise Flemming, Human Resources Officer, on 09 309 0874
  • Post:        PO Box 6751, Wellesley Street, Auckland, 1142
  • Ref:          HN6350

Applications to be received by 5pm on Thursday 31 May 2012

Settlement Support Network Meeting 9 June 2012

The Rights and Responsibilities of a New Zealander

  • Saturday 9 June 2012; 9.30am to 1pm
  • 35 A St George Street Papatoetoe (Chambers)

Settlement Support Coordinator Manukau warmly invites you to the next local settlement network meeting for Manukau focusing on the Rights and Responsibilities of a New Zealander.

The session aims to bring information as well as address challenging social justice issues. This is an opportunity to interact with the Human Rights Commission, NZ Police, Health Advocates, etc. pertaining to your rights.
Please feel free to share the invitation with your clients, and networks, so that they can all benefit from the pool of expertise.

  • RSVP by 4 June 2012 for catering purposes.
  • Ph: 263 5490 or Fax: 2635491
  • Email: manukau@arms-mrc.org.nz

Part-Time Advisor for Human Rights Commission

Infoline Advisor, Enquiries & Complaints team

Permanent, part time (22.5 hours per week), Auckland Central

The Human Rights Commission is seeking a part-time Advisor (22.5 hours per week worked over 3 days) for InfoLine, our information service helpline based in Auckland.

The Commission advocates and promotes respect for, and an understanding and appreciation of, human rights in New Zealand society, and encourages the maintenance and development of harmonious relations in New Zealand.

Can you:

  • remain calm under pressure
  • accurately capture and report information on complaints/enquiries received
  • work with diverse communities
  • maintain a high degree of confidentiality and discretion

Do you have:

  • experience in providing helpline services
  • knowledge of, or interest in, the Human Rights Act, the Treaty of Waitangi, te reo and tikanga
  • a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and experience in data entry
  • an awareness of the functions of various government and non governmental agencies for referral purposes

The Commission advocates and promotes respect for an understanding of human rights in New Zealand society, and encourages the maintenance of harmonious relations in New Zealand.

To express your interest in this role please send your CV and covering letter to:

  • Email: humanresources@hrc.co.nz
  • Phone: Louise Flemming, Human Resources Officer, on 09 309 0874
  • Post: PO Box 6751, Wellesley Street, Auckland, 1142
  • Ref: HN6410

Applications to be received by 5pm on Wednesday 23 May 2012

The Human Rights Commission is a member of the Equal Employment Opportunities Employers Group, which obliges the Commission to adhere to EEO principles in operations, including all aspects of recruitment

Human Rights Commission Calls for Inquiry into NZSL

Media release: Human Rights Commission announces formal public inquiry into NZSL

Manahau e-newsletter: English text and full NZSL translation