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  


  • 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