Development of a national human rights survey using equal explanatory power - flipping the picture in the collection of national survey quantitative data honouring indigenous populations
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World Federation of Public Health Associations PHANZ 81b Maraetai School Road Auckland 2018 New Zealand
Human Rights Commission New Zealand New Zealand
World Federation of Public Health Associations PHANZ New Zealand
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A1000
The Human Rights Commission is the NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTION FOR NEW ZEALAND. We work across New Zealand to increase human rights standards in law, policy and practice. As a national human rights institution we work for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected In New Zealand we work to uphold te Tiriti o Waitangi, the foundational document that upholds the rights of all New Zealanders and acknowledges the partnership relationship between Maori, the Indigenous people, and the British Crown. New Zealand is working hard to understand its contemporary responsibilities to this document and to uphold, authentically the rights of Indigenous New Zealand as it has not done since it was signed in 1840. The HRC is developing a unique quantitative national survey honouring this important document and partnership relationship. It is the first time a national survey has been developed to acknowledge an Indigenous population as a Population Group in its own right rather than as a minority. Equal Explanatory power is being used to collect a data sample that reflects this treaty partnership in action in quantitative research. This project demonstrates how to work in authentic partnership in the development of such a project from the design, leadership and decision making at all levels and includes an advisory group that also reflects that partnership by ensuring that at least half is comprised of Indigenous Academics and advisors. This is a unique opportunity to share this ground breaking methodology and approach and demonstrate to others how ideas of co-governance, shared decision making and authentic partnerships with Indigenous peoples can be utilised to strengthen human rights practice, and ultimately the health outcomes of populations by gathering large scale quantitative data to inform Human Rights practice and mechanisms globally.
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