Human rights: the background

Human rights are the rights and freedoms that every person ought to enjoy.

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Māori customary law, parts of the Magna Carta and ordinances made by long-gone provincial governments are all part of the law of New Zealand.

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Legal history

Māori law

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Human rights

New Zealand is often seen as a world leader in human rights – the rights and freedoms everyone should enjoy.

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What is the judicial system?

The judicial system is the state machinery for resolving conflicts between individuals, and individuals and the state, according to law.

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What is a constitution?

The constitution of a nation is the set of rules that govern how a government can exercise public power. A constitution identifies who or what institutions should exercise power and how they should do it.

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