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New Commissioner joins Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission
Media release
4 September, 2008

New Commissioner joins Human Rights Commission

Chief Human Rights Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan welcomed the appointment of Richard Tankersley, Ngai Tahu, of Christchurch as a part-time Human Rights Commissioner.

Associate Justice Minister Lianne Dalziel confirmed the appointment today.
The Human Rights Commission is made up of a full-time Chief Commissioner, a full-time Race Relations Commissioner, a full-time Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, and up to five part-time Commissioners.

Rosslyn Noonan said, “Richard is a valuable addition to the Commission. He brings new perspectives and experience and I am sure will ensure that issues important to the South Island are brought to the table.”

The Human Rights Commission advocates and promotes respect for human rights; encourages the maintenance and development of harmonious relations between individuals and groups; provides leadership and advice on equal employment opportunities; and facilitates the resolution of complaints about discrimination.

Mr Tankersley is a team leader at Glenelg Children’s Health Camp. In 2005/06 he was employed as a project worker with the Alcohol Drug Association of New Zealand and in the two years prior to that he was Assistant Regional Manager with the Chief Electoral Office.

His early career was in a variety of mental health sector positions. Mr Tankersley is of Ngai Tahu descent and is a licensed lay minister of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand. He holds a BA in English and a Postgraduate diploma in Health (Mental health).


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