There are two main New Zealand laws that promote and protect human rights.

One is the Human Rights Act 1993, and the other is the Bill of Rights Act 1990.


Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act is there to help make sure that all people in New Zealand are treated fairly and equally.

The Human Rights Act protects people in New Zealand from discrimination in a number of areas of life.

Discrimination happens when a person is treated unfairly or worse than another person.


Bill of Rights Act

The Bill of Rights Act is about the rights you have as a citizen of a country – to belong, be free and take part in politics.

It also includes your rights to be free from discrimination and to be who you are.


If you are not getting your rights: