August 02, 2021
Iwi Chairs join Human Rights housing push
The Human Rights Commission has slammed successive governments for failing to uphold people’s right to housing.
The commission has released its Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa, developed in partnership with the National Iwi Chairs Forum with the support of Community Housing Aotearoa.
Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt says the guidelines will be used in a national inquiry into the right to a decent home under section 5(2) of the Human Rights Act, to be held later this year.
He says failing to create the conditions for affordable housing has created a massive human rights failure which is blighting lives and communities.
The purpose of the guidelines is to clarify for central and local government, and individuals, communities and iwi, what the right to a decent home means in New Zealand.
Rahui Papa and Dame Naida Glavish of the National Iwi Chairs Forum say the 48-page guidelines are built on values such as fairness and manaakitanga (respect), the United Nations ‘decency’ housing principles, successive governments’ international promises, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
They say there is no excuse for those in positions of authority to ignore the right for people to a decent home and what a decent home means.
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