12 May 2009

Challenges remain for NZ, says human rights boss

4:13 pm on 12 May 2009

Human Rights Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan says New Zealand has been praised as a role model for its human rights performance, but challenges still remain.

The United Nations Human Rights Council heard from Justice Minister Simon Power last week and has adopted the report.

Delegations from other countries have commended New Zealand for its role in promoting human rights but have also made 64 recommendations on how it can improve.

Ms Noonan says the delegation recognised that entrenched inequalities remained for Maori and Pacific people and raised questions about the place of the Treaty of Waitangi.

She also says New Zealand does not consistently put international human rights standards into its law and it needs to do that.

Other recommendations relate to quotas for women on company boards and the raising of the age of criminal responsibility.