Tiriti rights challenge in changing traffic lights
Photo: Paul Hunt – New Zealand Commissioner for Human Rights.
The human rights commissioner said the switch to the traffic light system for managing Covid must respect both human rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
New Zealand switches to the new midnight alert system on Thursday, December 2.
Auckland will wake up on Friday to condition red, meaning public facilities, shops, workplaces and schools will be open with public health measures in place.
The rest of the country will know today at what parameters they will start.
Commissioner Paul Hunt said that since the start of the pandemic, society has balanced competing human rights and the balance is now shifting.
He says it is important that the system works for everyone.
“We can do this provided we always listen and empower communities, we never lose sight of the critical values that should drive our society, values such as manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, responsibility, equity, inclusiveness, community, all these values really. important, they have to be at the forefront, ”says Professor Hunt.
He says that due to the urgency with which Covid legislation is being enacted, it is important that there is ongoing scrutiny.
The Waitangi Tribunal will hold an emergency hearing next week into the government’s response to Covid in its health services claim.