Faces of the day

Race relations commissioner Dame Susan Devoy will be leaving the Human Rights Commission amid a staff shake-up.

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero becomes the acting head […] replacing David Rutherford who leaves after a damning report into the organisation.

Last week, a review by retired Judge Coral Shaw found the Human Rights Commission was unable to provide proper care and support for a sexual harassment victim on its staff.

Judge Shaw’s review was launched by Justice Minister Andrew Little after Stuff revealed a groping scandal at the commission early in 2018.

[…] Also leaving the commission is Dr Jackie Blue who was Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner. Her terms expires in June 2018 and she will not seek reappointment.

[…]  Little said the report was “pretty clear there’s a level of dysfunction at the commissioner level – that could not continue”.

“Three of the warrants have either expired or will expire very shortly. So it’s time to look further afield and see if we can get some new blood,” he said.

[…] the commissioners all accepted it could not continue, and their appointments should not continue, and now we’re looking for some new commissioners,” he said.[…]

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