About us

About the Foundation

The Human Rights Foundation is a non-governmental organisation, established in December 2001, to promote and defend human rights through research based education and advocacy. We have made submissions on new laws with human rights implications. We also monitor compliance and implementation of New Zealand’s international obligations in accordance with the requirements of the international conventions New Zealand has signed, and have prepared shadow reports for relevant United Nations treaty bodies to be considered alongside official reports. Though the primary focus of the Foundation is on human rights in New Zealand, we recognise the universality of human rights and have an interest in human rights in the Pacific and beyond.

The Foundation is registered as a society under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 and by the Charities Commission (CC22917) and has charitable status approved by the IRD. Among other things this means your donations are deductible for tax purposes.

Our Patron is former Governor General and High Court Judge, Dame Silvia Cartwright and our Chairperson is Peter Hosking. You will find their profiles in the “Committee Members and Committee Members” section.


Chairperson: Peter Hosking
Secretary: Maithili Sreen
Treasurer: Oliver Hoffmann

Management Committee

  • Margaret Bedggood
  • Margaret Lewis
  • Deborah Manning
  • Tim McBride
  • David Ryken
  • Ced Simpson
  • Maithili Sreen
  • David Tong
  • Lane West-Newman
  • Geraldine Whiteford
  • Barry Wilson

Advisory Council

The Management Committee has appointed an Advisory Council consisting of people of eminence in the human rights field who are experienced or knowledgeable in human rights law or practice, in the Treaty of Waitangi, and/or in current economic, social and cultural issues.

To date, the following people have agreed to serve on the Advisory Council:

  • Sandra Coney
  • Paul Hunt
  • Marilyn Waring
  • Rodney Harrison, QC
  • David Oughton
  • Judge Caren Wickliffe

Foundation (Life) Members

Foundation (Life) Membership is available to people who may be in a position to give the Foundation extra support. The Founding (Life) Membership Fee for individuals is $500 and for corporate bodies is $2,000.

You can use our online membership applicationform.

The following people are Foundating (Life) Members:

  • Peter Hosking
  • Margaret Bedggood
  • Ced Simpson
  • Judith McMorland
  • Blair Stewart

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