Job advert for Human Rights Commission – Disability Rights Commissioner



Expressions of interest are invited for the position of Disability Rights Commissioner under section 8 (1A)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1993.     

The Human Rights Commission is Aotearoa New Zealand’s national human rights institution. The Commission works with the Government and civil society to advocate and promote respect for human rights, and to promote harmonious relations in New Zealand. 

The Disability Rights Commissioner is appointed on the advice of  the Minister of Justice to lead the Commission’s work in the area of disability rights. You will have a deep understanding of the issues facing disabled people, including tāngata whaikaha Māori,  together with experience in advocacy or public education.   

You will need a sound understanding of, and sensitivity to, Te Tiriti o Waitangi.    Ideally, you will also have an understanding of the Human Rights Act 1993, the Crown Entities Act 2004, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and New Zealand’s obligations under various United Nations conventions (especially the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities). 

As a member of the Commission’s Board, you will work with the other Commissioners to determine the strategic direction and governance of the Commission.  

A position description and expression of interest forms may be obtained at  Information is available in Easy Read, New Zealand Sign Language, Large Print, Braille and Audio.  Applications close 4.30 pm Friday 28 October 2022

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