Thursday, 13 February 2020
By email to [FYI request #11972 email]
Tēnā koe John
Response to your request for Official Information
On 3 January 2020, you requested from the Human Rights Commission (“the
Commission”) the following information:
What is a qualified Human Rights Commission facilitator and how does a
person become a qualified Human Rights Commission facilitator;
Is there a training provided by the Commission or is there a programme
provided by the Commission to recognise a person?
All relevant details or policy, procedures related to the term "a qualified
Human Rights Commission facilitator”
From 2003 – 2012, the Commission delivered an NZQA Approved Human Rights
Facilitation Short Course at various locations throughout New Zealand. The
programme involved a seven-day human rights education programme to build
participants understanding of human rights and develop their facilitation skills. In the
year following, participants hold activities in their regions that highlight and explore
human rights issues that are relevant to their communities. The Commission
provided hands-on mentoring and support, as well as a budget to cover costs of
You can see more about the programme on our website here:
The programme was eventually delivered in the following regions;
• 2003 - Eastern Bay of Plenty and assessed by Waiāriki Institute of
Technology (now known as Toi Ohomai).
• 2008 - Te Taitokerau and assessed by the Northland Polytechnic.
Level 8, 44 The Terrace, Wellington
PO Box 10424, The Terrace, Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
Waea Telephone +64 4 473-9981 Waea Whakaahua Facsimile +64 9 377-3593
Infoline Toll free 0800 496 877 / TTY [Human Rights Commission request email]
• 2009 - Murihiku and Te Tairāwhiti, the latter being assessed by the Tairāwhiti
Polytechnic (Eastern Institute of Technology).
• 2011- Kirikiriroa and assessed by Waikato Institute od Technology.
• 2012 - Manukau and assessed by the Manukau Institute of Technology.
Anjum completed the Human Rights Facilitation programme delivered in Kirikiriroa
and assessed by Waikato Institute of Technology in 2011.
The Human Rights Facilitation Short Course was discontinued in or around 2013
following an organisation review and change in the Commission’s strategic direction.
The Commission does not currently have any policy or procedure regarding the use
of the term qualified Human Rights Commission facilitator
If you are unhappy with this response, under the Official Information Act you are
entitled to complain to the Ombudsman’s Office. Information about how to make a
complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or on freephone 0800 802
If you have any further queries about this response, please feel free to contact me
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