New Zealand

Arrests and prosecutions around anti-government protests in New Zealand

In recent months, there have been ongoing anti-government protests. In May 2022, there were arrests around a protest at the Auckland Harbour Bridge, while in July 2022, protesters from the Freedoms & Rights Coalition marched on a highway in Auckland disrupting traffic. In August, the same group held protests outside parliament. Read more

Arrests and prosecutions around anti-government protests in New Zealand

Police disrupt anti-vaccine protests at NZ parliament while journalists face threats

On 8th February 2022, anti-vaccine protesters occupied parliament grounds in the capital, Wellington. The protests continued for the next three weeks until police moved in again to disrupt and end the protests on 2nd March 2022. They dismantled an encampment outside parliament, towed away vehicles and arrested dozens. Retreating protesters set fire to tents, mattresses and chairs as dozens of protesters remained in nearby streets, some hurling objects at police. Read more

Police disrupt anti-vaccine protests at NZ parliament while journalists face threats

Multiple anti-lockdown protests organised in NZ; government consults on hate speech laws

Hard lockdowns have been imposed country-wide since mid-August 2021 due to an outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant. In response, there have been numerous anti-lockdown protests with arrests of protesters reported. The Human Rights Commission issued a statement stating that it had largely endorsed the Government’s proposals to broaden protection against hate speech but does not want political opinion included. Read more

Multiple anti-lockdown protests organised in NZ; government consults on hate speech laws

Protests against immigration policies and new environmental regulations in New Zealand

In recent months, hundreds have participated in protests across New Zealand against government policies. Protesters including migrant workers have mobilised against immigration policies that they say are ‘broken’ while farmers have protested against a swathe of new environmental regulations. Read more

Protests against immigration policies and new environmental regulations in New Zealand

Protests on environment, against racism and pandemic lockdown in New Zealand

In recent months, there has been protests in New Zealand against the felling of native trees, against racism and the COVID-19 lockdown. Read more

Protests on environment, against racism and pandemic lockdown in New Zealand

Nurses, climate activists and other solidarity groups hold protests amid the pandemic

Over the last few months there have been protests against the coronavirus lockdown, in solidarity with Nigerian protesters, by nurses over equal pay and against plans for a proposed airport in Central Otago. Read more

Nurses, climate activists and other solidarity groups hold protests amid the pandemic

Protests against racism, data gaps on SOGIESC-diverse people highlighted by NZ rights body

In June 2020, tens of thousands of New Zealanders came out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of George Floyd in the US. A new report showed that people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or sex characteristics (SOGIESC) continue to suffer in New Zealand from discrimination when it comes to basic human rights like access to quality healthcare, education and work. A new privacy bill was passed. Read more

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Protests against racism, data gaps on SOGIESC-diverse people highlighted by NZ rights body

Terrorism law bulldozed through NZ parliament despite human rights concerns

A terrorism law was passed in December 2019 after three days in parliament despite concerns from human rights groups and the law society. The occupation of a site of a major indigenous land dispute in Auckland has continued despite the pandemic lockdown. Activists boarded an oil rig to protest the climate crisis while far-rights groups are still active in the country. Read more

Terrorism law bulldozed through NZ parliament despite human rights concerns

Indigenous activists in NZ continue struggle to block development at Ihumātao

Over the last few months, indigenous activists have continued their struggle to block land development at Ihumātao in Auckland. Pro-Hong Kong student activists have been threatened while protesting and climate activists have been arrested. Read more

Indigenous activists in NZ continue struggle to block development at Ihumātao

‘Christchurch Call’ to combat online extremism fails to adequately engage civil society

The “Christchurch Call,” a voluntary pledge with commitments aimed at eliminating terrorist and violent extremist content online lacked adequate civil society consultation. Thousands of students around the country organised another protest to demand urgent action on climate change while teachers went on strike for better wages and working conditions. Read more

‘Christchurch Call’ to combat online extremism fails to adequately engage civil society