Structure protecting and promoting civil, political, and human rights as they develop is based on both domestic legislation and NZ's undertakings under public international law. Two principal acts are the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 Human Rights Act 1993
Under Human Rights Act 1993, s.21 prohibited grounds of discrimination in NZ are:
Privacy Act 1993 controls how 'agencies' collect, use, disclose, store and give access to 'personal information'.
The privacy Codes of Practice apply to specific areas - such as health and telecommunications. Please see link to official website below.
The Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner was established by legislation in 1994. The Commissioner's duties are to promote and protect the rights of health and disability services consumers, and to facilitate the resolution of any complaints - with a national network of independent advocates, and an independent prosecutor. A Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights first became law in 1996, and has since been reviewed. Please see link to official website below.
Provided the claimant has made a prior complaint to one (or more) of the related commissioners (see left hand column), the Tribunal can decide claims arising from breaches of the