Human rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi: COVID-19 and alert level 4 in Aotearoa New Zealand

COVID-19 Pandemics Human rights Maori people New Zealand

The New Zealand Government’s approach to COVID-19 has some significant shortcomings. This short report provides ten ‘snapshots’ of how the Level 4 lockdown impacted upon human rights and Te Tiriti. It is hoped New Zealand can learn from this experience as the country take steps in Level 3 towards recovery. While there is much to commend in New Zealand’s response to COVID-19, Te Tiriti and human rights have not been integrated across the response to the pandemic.

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