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Race Relations Day poster

Race Relations Day poster

New Zealand does not have a written constitution which guarantees the rights of New Zealanders. But citizens enjoy a wide range of civil and other liberties under both the common law (originally inherited from Britain) and a number of ordinary laws which set out rights and outlaw discrimination. The Human Rights Commission, established in 1978, provides a further safeguard that the rights of New Zealanders are respected. The commission’s booklets and posters publicise human rights and help people take action when their rights are infringed. This poster was produced to publicise Race Relations Day on 21 March 2004.

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Human Rights Commission - Te Kāhui Tika Tangata
Poster by Jean Voon

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - The constitution', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016