The UN called the shots in the appointment of our Human Rights Commissioner

Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt.

Andrew Little asked the Department of Justice and our new Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt, to go away and come back with suggested reforms to accommodate hate speech law into existing legislation.

Hunt was appointed last October after standing unsuccessfully last year in the UK for a position in the Labour Party.

Karl du Fresne said Hunt is associated with the socialist Corbynite wing of the British Labour Party whose leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is infamous for making antisemitic comments.

Kim Hill interviewed Hunt on RNZ National this week and du Fresne was not reassured about Hunt’s suitability for the appointment. Quote.

Hunt failed to explain why the Christchurch mosque massacres had suddenly made it imperative that we review the laws governing speech. To put it another way, he didn’t satisfactorily answer Hill’s question about how tougher hate speech laws might have averted the atrocity.” End of quote.


That’s because any fool and his dog know hate speech laws won’t avert another terrorist attack. Hunt is no fool, he is a socialist with an agenda that excludes protecting individual rights.

Multiculturalism, like other socialist ideals, is an aspirational theory that doesn’t actually work in practice. In New Zealand we describe ourselves as multicultural but we have one dominant culture, which is western.

We embrace other cultures, of course, but if one culture were to demand its own legal and justice system there would be anarchy. Hunt pushes the mythical multicultural barrow. Quote.

Hunt comes from a political and cultural milieu far removed from ours. It grates when I see this newcomer writing about “our” multicultural values, or hear him telling Hill that “we” New Zealanders are very used to striking a balance between competing rights.” End of quote.

Hunt’s appointment will end in tears if he is allowed to embed unrealistic and unworkable socialist goals into our law.

du Fresne questioned Hunt’s suitability for the role, and asked Little how Hunt was appointed from a shortlist of four. Quote.

Hunt’s appointment was made in line with a United Nations convention called the Paris Principles, which dictates how human rights commissioners should be appointed. New Zealand is a signatory so must comply.

You never heard of the Paris Principles? Me neither, and it raises an interesting question: what other binding UN agreements has New Zealand committed to without parliamentary debate or even public knowledge? So much for autonomy.” End of quote.

The Paris Principles were adopted in 1993, the same time as our Human Rights Act was adopted. They are not new so why did Little refer to them regarding this appointment?

What other UN pacts have we signed that will force us to adopt principles that may conflict with our own?