COVID-19 protocol – October 2020 changes to New Zealand’s Alert Levels 

As of 11:59pm on Wednesday 7 October 2020 Auckland and the rest of New Zealand are at COVID-19 Alert Level 1.

The registry

The Tribunal’s Wellington-based registry will be open as usual and will operate within the relevant health parameters set by Government.

General safety arrangements

In a media statement dated 6 October 2020 the Chief Justice of New Zealand strongly encourages everyone attending court to track where they have been, using the QR code or a personal record. Wearing a mask and practising physical distancing continues to be encouraged.

Remote participation

The Tribunal will either on application or on its own motion consider remote means of participation by counsel, the parties and their witnesses provided such participation is practicable and fair in all the circumstances.

Rodger Haines ONZM QC
Chairperson Human Rights Review Tribunal
6 October 2020


 The Human Rights Review Tribunal hears claims relating to breaches of the:

Before making a claim to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, you must first make a complaint to either:

Claims could relate to discrimination, sexual harassment and racial harassment, privacy principles, and the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights.

Awarding damages

The tribunal can award compensatory damages for losses suffered. Awards are typically for injury to feelings, humiliation and loss of dignity.

There is a $350,000 limit on the money the tribunal may award. This is the same as the District Court.


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