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1: Introduction to Human Rights | Timatatanga Tika Tangata

This module introduces you to human rights, how they have developed over time, and how they relate to your life and the lives of others.

Human rights are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.  In order for us to be able to contribute to a free, just and peaceful society, we need to know what human rights are and why they are important. 

Get to know human rights, how they have developed over time, and how they relate to your life and the lives of others.   

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand how human rights are defined
  • Know some of the significant human rights events in New Zealand 
  • Relate human rights to your own lives
  • Relate human rights to the lives of others

Requirements:

  • Time: 45 mins
  • Sound and Video: BOTH
  • Completion: Finish all exercises and review all content. Limited attempts. Feedback is provided.
  • Recommended prior learning: N/A
  • Recommended post learning: 2. Rights and Responsibilities   - Ngā Tika me ngā Kawenga.

Human rights do not occur on their own. They include rights and responsibilities and determine how human beings live in society. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says "Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of [their] personality is possible."

Understand human rights and responsibilities that belong to you, to others and to the government. 

 Learning Objectives:

  • Know your own human rights 
  • Identify your responsibilities to ensure others' human rights are enjoyed
  • Recognize the role of the Government to protect and promote human rights

Requirements:

  •     Time: 60 mins
  •     Sound and Video:  BOTH
  •     Completion: Finish all exercises and review all content. Limited attempts. Feedback is provided.
  •     Recommended prior learning:  Introduction to Human Rights
  •     Recommended post learning:  The Treaty of Waitangi 1840



Explore the human rights dimension of Treaty of Waitangi 1840, the first of the three human rights pillars in New Zealand:

New Zealand has made a commitment to comply with international human rights standards and has strengthened this commitment by developing mechanisms that set out human rights standards in law. 

The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand's founding human rights document. This module introduces you to the Treaty of Waitangi and illustrates how the Treaty links with important human rights concepts and legislation.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a beginning knowledge of the human rights dimensions of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Understand the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Can apply Treaty of Waitangi concepts in your own life

Requirements:

  • Time: 60 mins
  • Sound and Video: Both 
  • Completion: Finish all exercises and review all content. Limited attempts. Feedback is provided.
  • Recommended prior learning: Rights and Responsibilities  
  • Recommended post learning: The Bill of Rights Act 1990

New Zealand has made a commitment to comply with international human rights standards and has strengthened this commitment by developing mechanisms that set out human rights standards in law.   

Understand the Bill of Rights Act 1990, the second of the three human rights pillars in New Zealand. 

New Zealand was one of the founding members of the United Nations. Led by Prime Minister Peter Fraser, we also played a key role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Bill of Rights Act in 1990 sets out many rights and freedoms that apply to people, companies and organisations. It places a limit on the actions of those in Government and other bodies performing a public function so as those rights are protected. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate a beginning knowledge of the Bill of Rights Act  
  • Understand the importance of the Bill of Rights Act 
  • Can apply Bill of Rights Act concepts in your own life   

Requirements:  

  •     Time: 60 mins
  •     Sound and Video: BOTH
  •     Completion: Finish all exercises and review all content. Limited attempts. Feedback is provided.
  •     Recommended prior learning:  The Treaty of Waitangi 1840 
  •     Recommended post learning:  The Human Rights Act 1993.  
 

New Zealand has made a commitment to comply with international human rights standards and has strengthened this commitment by developing mechanisms that set out human rights standards in law.   

Discover the Human Rights Act 1993, the third of the three human rights pillars in New Zealand. 

New Zealand was one of the founding members of the United Nations and played a key role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

The Human Rights Act was introduced in 1993 with a focus on protecting all in New Zealand against unlawful discrimination; and reinforces the fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone is entitled to. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the Human Rights Act 
  • Understand the importance of the Human Rights Act  
  • Can apply Human Rights Act concepts in your own life  

Requirements:  

  • Time: 60 mins
  • Sound and Video: Both 
  • Completion: Finish all exercises and review all content. Limited attempts. Feedback is provided.
  • Recommended prior learning: The Bill of Rights Act 1990 
  • Recommended post learning: The International Human Rights System
  • After World War II, it was internationally agreed to identify the rights of all the world’s peoples and to find ways to ensure that individual governments respected these rights. Following the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, many other human rights treaties, and mechanisms for ensuring that governments meet their human rights obligations, have developed.   

    This module introduces you to the international human rights system and how you can engage with it in order to improve human rights in New Zealand.   

    Learning Outcomes:   

    • Know the significant international human rights treaties ratified by New Zealand.  
    • Understand the importance of the international human rights system to human rights in New Zealand.  
    • Have a beginning understanding about how to engage with the international human rights system. 

    Requirements:  

  • Time: 60 mins
  • Sound and Video: Both 
  • Completion: Finish all exercises and review all content. Limited attempts. Feedback is provided.
  • Recommended prior learning: The Human Rights Act 1993. 
  • A collection of links and printable documents of additional human rights resources.