Response from Human Rights Commission to Franks Ogilvie on PAUP
On 30 July Franks Ogilvie submitted a letter to Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner, in order to highlight how the PAUP breaches New Zealand's domestic and international human rights and anti-racial discrimination obligations.
A copy of this letter can be found here.
Franks Ogilvie received a response from the Human Rights Commission on 1 September. The Commission said:
Whether to exercise the functions in section 5 of the HRA is at the discretion of the Commission. However, it would be difficult for the Commission to do as you say since our interpretation of the rights you have identified is not the same as yours. We also consider that the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 mandates this type of provision.
The Commission's full response can be read here.